Open Thread 9-1-16: The History of Western Music
As we all know, the history of music began in 1956. However there was music before then. We've been able to figure out what it sounded like, thanks to rock carvings.
Today we'll talk about some of this pre-historic music... the Western Civ kind.
A lute, a flute and ...
There once was a man named Praetorius
Whose music was joyous and glorious
He said with a grin....no, wait, that's not right.
Well, never mind that.
Michael Praetorius was born in 1571 in Germany, in an area where the Greens are popular now. So much for political references!
He started out knowing nothing, then went to school and learned something. Divinity, philosophy, music. That's good stuff to know. And then we have the stories about music he wrote, using only a lute, a flute and some pots and pans from the kitchen with instructions to make a big banging noise.
This was around the time Shakespeare was writing "The Tempest".
Here's another fellow from the same time, Claudio Monteverdi
That art in the video looks like the Venus on the Halfshell guy did it. Yep, Botticelli, who died about 100 years before Praetorius and Monteverdi were doing their thing.
Anyway, Monteverdi was this hipster who wrote madrigals, which were a certain type of non-Churchy song. When Monteverdi got old (my age) he became a priest so I guess that was it for his hipsterism. Here's a picture of him shortly before he played Dr. Gillespie on the TV show "Dr. Kildare".
Oh, here's some lute music from before and also around the same time.
This material is nice and all but it shows why Little Richard had to invent music in the 1950s.
You probably know the 17th century dudes wrote for the pleasure of the church and the nobility. It was like the corporations of today. I saw this Adam Sandler documentary where he was doing his comic routine at a major company meeting, with James Taylor doing the music. Disgusting as it seems to us, that's what the norm was for this stuff way back then. There were the troubadors going from town to town playing their ballads for the 99%, or "the people" as they used to be called, but they didn't get recorded as much as Praetorius or Monteverdi...probably because the recording studios back then were really expensive.
Which reminds me, I recommend "1066 And All That" if you want some good European history.
Back to the tunes...sixty years later we come to Arky Corelli. I assume that means he was from Arkansas. That's a common nickname for someone from there.
Now we're getting to that Baroque sound that was so popular. Check out his picture.
What a hippie! It's funny that some good music came out of the South from hippies or beat groups. You've got this hippie, Corelli, from Arkansas and the Gants, from Mississippi (mid-1960s).
Corelli was born in the middle of the 17th century and came into his prime in the 1680s, a time that will be the focus of the next history treatise. 1685, when three of the greatest were born. That's really where we'll start, simply because I know something about it (unlike the three composers I've spotlighted here!).
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