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What did ancient Greek music sound like?

By |2018-04-19T12:15:01+00:00July 2nd, 2017|History|

Apollo playing the lyre People in ancient Greece loved music, and made it an important part of their lives. Greek people thought of music as a way of honoring the gods, and making the world a more human, civilized place. Unfortunately nobody knows what Greek music sounded like, because there were no microphones [...]

Chinese instruments and music – Early China

By |2018-04-18T09:53:28+00:00June 6th, 2017|China|

A Chinese musician playing a qin Ocarina, Han Dynasty (200 BC-200 AD)(Metropolitan Museum, New York) The first people who came to China, about 50,000 BC, brought their music with them from Africa, by way of India. These people certainly clapped their hands and sang songs. Probably they brought drums and bone pipes with [...]

Central Asian Music

By |2018-03-21T14:32:17+00:00May 31st, 2017|Art, Central Asia|

Chinese woman playing an erhu: early bowed instruments Plucking a hunting bow to make music Central Asia was the place where people invented the ancestors of violins and cellos. Siberian or Mongolian people made the first bowed instruments. Because lots of people all over the world used bows and arrows, the first stringed instruments were [...]

History of Music and Musical Instruments

By |2018-04-13T11:21:22+00:00May 25th, 2017|Art|

A rock gong in Africa from the Stone Age People have been making music almost as long as there have been people, probably for at least a hundred thousand years. The earliest music, in Africa, was probably clapping hands and singing. Soon people also began to bang on hollow logs and knock sticks [...]