How Was Music Invented and When?

Since ancient times, music has been used to help celebrate, tell stories, make protests, and generally cheer everybody up. What would we do without it?

Golden Oldies. Music is common to all cultures all over the world. Far back in human history people must have discovered they could produce interesting sounds with their voices. Someone somewhere must have banged two sticks together to keep time. Of course, no one knows who first came up with a tune, or what it sounded like, because people didn’t write anything down in those days.

The oldest musical instrument ever found is between 43,000 and 82,000 years old. It’s part of the thigh bone of a bear with four holes carved into it, it must have been a type of flute.

The oldest playable musical instrument found so far is 9,000 years old. Several flutes were found in China, made from the wing bones of the red-crowned crane. The best preserved flute has been played and we now know that Stone Age people listened to a sort of weedy recorder.

We don’t know what music people played on the Chinese flutes. But we do know what some other ancient music sounded like, the earliest written music that survives today is 3,400 years old and was found on clay tablets in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit. The ancient Greeks were the first to study music in a scientific way, develop music theory and introduce a system of musical notation.

Deafening silence: 20th-century composer John Cage’s 4’33” is a piece of music in three movements, and was first performed in 1952 on the piano. It is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of complete silence.

There are so many music genres, bands and artists that it’s impossible to keep up with them all.

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