For the most part, it was not until centuries later that people began to use musical notation to write everything down. However, there was some minimal notation being done, the process was so difficult and time-consuming that it only happened on a small scale, and it was only in churches that this kind of notation could actually happen on any kind of basis. This also led to most of the music of the period being church-based songs as well. It is also during this time period that we began to see the birth of polyphony, that will be the main focus of composers for many centuries to come.
In was in its early beginning stages here, and was often found to happen during improvisational music. This is also when we began to see a split of the monophonic and polyphonic styles of music. We begin to see the long flowing melodies of the monophonic style, contrasted with the long and asymmetrical melodies of the polyphonic mode. The dissonance that developed in the polyphonic music of the time is another personal favorite of mine, as the sharp and hugely surprising changes in tone and musicality really show off what music is capable of. This development continued through the ages until we arrived at the modern music age at the turn of the century.
This age is perhaps my least favorite of all the musical ages and is defiantly not anywhere near the creativity and musical growth that was going on in churches during the Middle Ages. It is during this modern century that many different things have begun to happen to music. First of all, we have seen a total disrespect and poor attitude towards the musical past.
Many musicians care nothing of the music that has come before them and is simply trying their best to have nothing to do with the older ages of music. To me, this is cutting you from great music, such as that of the Middle Ages, and should never be done. To completely cut yourself off from the past is to do the same for the present, and I feel that artists that do this are losing an integral part of what music is all about.
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