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The music industry today is growing bigger every minute here in America However how did we arrive to the music status that we have today In this paper I will provide a brief history of music and how they link together to form what we have today The very beginning of music started not with musical notes or pitches but rather with noise Noises then are put together in a rhythmic patter to form percussion Pitch was acquired shortly after and used on special occasions For example signals of war and in ritual dances The seven-tone scale was developed in China The seven-tone scale evolved from the non-semi tonal scale the foundation of music Through this scale simple music was formed Gregorian chants a form of church music established by Gregory the Great were created from the use of scales put together with other elements to form a musical setting of the liturgy This style of music was used in the western churches Through Gregorian chants polyphony was born Polyphony is the use of two notes or more to form harmony or dissonance Polyphony formed a new type of music Two-part singing and folk music are just two examples Two part harmony soon after expanded to three four parts and so on This expansion of polyphony was spread world wide and had many different influences due to the birth of music printing in about the year 1500 Sixteenth century was a period of conflict for the history of music While the Germans and Netherlanders focused more on instrumental polyphony the Italians focused a lot on the instrumental melody The outcome of this conflict between the importance of polyphony and monody formed a compromise the Opera The Opera is a co-operation of the different areas of music This made Opera very interesting Not only did Opera include chorus parts a form of polyphony but it also included solos that were accompanied by only one
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