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History of Music and Music Festivals
Music is a field that combines both theory and practice. Since the 19th century, different theories of music have been developed to address specific issues of music. The main differences between the theories are their emphasis on different aspects of music and how people experience and interpret it. Contextualists and formalists take a more holistic approach, looking at the interplay between form and content, and the cultural and psychological context of music.
Aristotle and other philosophers looked at music as an aspect of ethics. He equated musical complexity with disorder, saying that simplicity was the key to the highest form of expression. Plato furthermore believed that music echoed the divine harmony and reflected the moral order. The heavenly bodies, for example, were imitated by melodies and rhythms, which reflected the moral order of the universe.
Music has been a central part of human culture for a long time. While impromptu song and dance have existed throughout history, the practice of music as a public performance has a long history in churches, homes, and theatrical productions. In the early seventeenth century, the first public opera house was built in Venice, and the first public concert with an admission charge followed in London. During the next fifty years, the beginnings of the concert format spread to Germany and France. However, the modern concert was not a common feature of musical life until the late eighteenth century.
Early music theorists considered music to be an essential part of religion and culture. However, they were often skeptical of its sensual aspects, and feared that the melody should never overshadow the words. However, this belief has been reinforced in history by various thinkers, including St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.