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The History of Music – Facts About Genres and Festivals

The early history of music can be traced to the Greeks, who attributed great value to the role of music in human life. The Greek philosophers, in particular, assigned music a wide range of significance and influence, and their view of music as an expressive art was often influenced by their understanding of the nature of the universe. As early as the fifth century ce, Plato regarded music as a branch of philosophy and considered it a department of ethics. In addition to seeing the value of music as a means to create a human soul, he saw the correspondence between music and character.

The rise of the Internet has dramatically changed the way musicians interact with their audiences. Previously, musicians would staple posters to telephone poles, sell their tapes from the trunks of their cars, and hire publicists to promote their brand. Today, artists use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to promote their music and engage with their fans, broadcast messages, share intimate photos, and engage in political discussions. Musicians can now access their fans through their websites or apps and listen to their music in any location, at any time.

Early modern music rarely included the theorists. In fact, theorists of music rarely regarded them as practitioners; their works tended to be technical manuals and directions for performing art. Many composers in the nineteenth century stretched the tonal system to its limits and experimented with exoticism. In the 20th century, more renowned theorists were writing about the importance of music and the importance of the humanities.

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