This post offers a broad view of humanity’s musical customs. It explores the evidence for prehistoric music making, and it explains how music got passed down through the ages. Musical instruments, traditions, and notation systems are also examined.
Introduction The world of the European Middle Ages was beset by superstition, ignorance, and religious bamboozlement. Women of this time had it especially bad. Many
This is lecture 3 of my series on the history of Western music. It covers the psalms and hymns of the Roman liturgy and describes later variants of Gregorian chant such as tropes and sequences.
This is lecture 2 of my series on the history of Western music. It picks up at the downfall of the Roman Empire and covers the music born with the inception of Christianity.