Music is one of the great passions of people across the globe. People listen to music to improve their mood, for entertainment, or to socialize with friends. Music is everywhere in our society and deeply ingrained in our culture.
The musical landscape has altered dramatically over the course of human history. Early humans made music by singing or clapping, without any instruments. The ancient Greeks learned how to create melodies by applying mathematical ratios called modes; this system became known as “Greek music” (or “harmonic”). In the Middle Ages, Europeans used polyphony-multiple melodies playing together-to make their music sound more interesting and complicated than single melodies. European composers during this time period also began experimenting with harmony-chords played together to create a richer sound than single
Music is a universal language that has been around for centuries. Music has a huge effect on our emotions and moods. It can make the most mundane of days feel extraordinary and the worst periods feel easier to take.
So what is music? Why does it move us so?
Music is an expression of sensations, moods, ideas, and emotions through sounds that are combined according to certain patterns. We can hear music in any form from a symphony orchestra to lyrics from a pop song played on the radio. Just think about all the songs you know by heart from your personal playlist or how your favorite songs will come up in random places throughout your day!