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Friday Fun Facts

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Chrissy Misso | music history

This post is aimed at the younger among us....all about different Music History FACTS!

We are hoping to post some musical fun facts every Friday until summer hits us in the Northern Hemisphere!

Did you know that music has been divided into different eras, or sets of years, based on it’s sound or the way it was written or even who wrote it?

Prehistoric: before writing (of any kind) and Ancient: before 350 C.E.

  •  Archeologists have found flutes from over 40,00 years ago!
  • There are cave paintings of people playing musical instruments!
  • ”The earliest piece of music that was ever written down and that has not been lost was discovered on a tablet written in Hurrian, a language spoken in and around northern Mesopotamia (where Iraq is today), from about 1500 B.C.[E.]”

Medieval: About 350–1400

  • People would usually play instruments for dancers; this is called folk music and usually was not written down.
  • Most of the music that was written down was for the Catholic Church
  • Monks (who were part of the church) would sing chants

Renaissance: 1400–1600

  • “This period was called the "rebirth" because many new types of art and music were reborn during this time.”
  • More of the music that was written down has survived and can still be played today (although, it has been written on new paper!)
  • Music that was for fun —or non-church purposes— started being written down during this time too!
  • Instruments related to the violin, guitar, and a VERY early precursor to the piano were frequently used and composed for in this time.  Choirs also start becoming popular during the time.


Baroque: 1600–1750

Classical: 1740–1820

Romantic: 1820–1900

Modern: 1900–today

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