What was the First Music?

There are many legends among many peoples of how music began. The Bible tells of Jubal, the father of musicians. And old Spanish book describes how Jubal Listened to Tubalcain’s forge and noticed that the sounds made by pounding the anvil differed in pitch.

He tried imitating these sounds with his voice and soon found himself singing high tones and then low tones. The Greek myths tell of Pan, the inverter of the shepherd’s pipe.

Pan sighed through the reeds on a river bank and heard his breath produce a mournfull wail as it passed through the reeds on a river bank and heard his breath produce a mournful wail as it passed through them.

He broke them off in unequal lengths, bound them together, and he had a musical instrument! Such as a tales are, of course, pure fancy. All primitive people do seem to have made music of some sort.

But this music was not for pleasure alone. it had a meaning as part of their lives. Folk music, which is an ancient type of music, started when untrained singers made up songs.

The Greeks related music to poetry and the drama. They used instruments such as harps, lyres and flutes. The art of music owes a great deal of its growth to the early Christian church in time, from church music there developed other forms and types, new instruments were invented, and music an established art. 

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