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your gods and from off your hands The ultimate origin of music is to locate in time to find out correctly Music in its modern Western sense has become both a fine art and a fine discipline Its prime constructive elements are melody rhythm and harmony The music of primitive people and the culture of African Amerindian Asians are largely uninfluenced by European developments might lack harmony and maybe even melody as we know it but it is not possible to make music devoid of rhythm In Europe music it is the fine art as we now recognize came during the Middle Ages Music comes from the coming together and development of human expressive utterance Vocal sound came later but being one spontaneous way of showing emotion and need historians often assume sometimes without proof that primary music was made of some form of song Moving the body is another way of expressing response to emotion response a rhythmic form of sound set to go with dance or mime Some Amerindians burst into shouts and wail which settle into musical intervals Most of the earliest known instruments were clapping rattles stamping tubes and later drums and xylophones are really extensions or projections of the movements of human limbs The importance of rhythm and melody differ from the different cultures Rhythm plays and inferior role among some people but it is dominate to others One of the clearest examples of such rhythmic dominance is the polyrhythmic beating of Central African drums These complex patterns and off beats cannot be notated exactly Music is more closely connected with the daily living of primitive people than of those in ore highly developed cultures It goes with an important place in tribal rites concerned with birth puberty marriage fertility heath death resurrection rain planting hunting and combat Most important music element largely absent from primitive music is harmony as
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