When we looked out for the roots of classical music, research and studies say that it goes way back, to the 11th century! Interesting fact for any classical music lover or classical musician! But what exactly happened back then that lead to the establishment of what in future would be known as the foundation of music? Well, let’s take you through this musical journey!
Although classical music was at its primitive stages at the beginning of the 11th century, this little flame got the wind it required in the centuries to come. The most prominent institutions of learning turned out to be the churches, where song and music was an essential aspect of devotion and reverence to the Almighty. Single ‘monodonic’ lines steadily developed into ‘organum,’ which meant the flow of two or three lines, in sync yet independently were developed in the time spanning up to the 13th century.
The 14th century witnessed further developments, like harmony, polyphony and so on. This phase also brought the people who created music into focus, little did they now that they would be known as ‘composers’ in the modern world. Noted composers of the 15th century were the likes of Dunstable and Duffay.
The 16th century was the sparkling period for classical music as this was the time when this music and the associated musicians thrived and flourished. They had an identity which not only the people around them but also the world around them could relate to. These musicians started off and had an increasing fan base in no time. This was the period when music, songs, and dance finally culminated into a beautiful, kaleidoscopic amalgamation that created magic. Never was the human population enthralled in such a manner as music managed to captivate them in this time span. And this was the turning point for not only music but the entire art fraternity, those whose passion was to create works of art that moved people!
The 16th century marks the onset of classical music – people ultimately acknowledged and accepted music to be a part of the entertainment, as a part of social celebrations on a broader scale. This phase also gave music required definition – key terms, notes, formations, collaborations, compositions – everything of music got a name, a structure which would make music relatable to the centuries and generations to come!
Since then, there has and will never been a stop for the melody of classical music!