The Origin of Notation

This blog post describes the earliest efforts to notate music in medieval Western Europe. It explores the pressures that lead to the emergence of standard musical notation, and it analyzes the inchoate forms that marked the progress of the system. Important figures like Boethius (c. 477 – 524) and Guido of Arezzo ((992 – 1033) are covered.

Music of Ancient Times

This blog post covers humanity’s earliest musical efforts. It begins with artifacts found in caves, and it ends with the music of ancient Greece and Rome. Along the way it covers Mesopotamian music, ancient musical philosophy, and the earliest efforts to notate.

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