Music is a simple name for a complex idea. The word “music” comes from the Greek muses: nine goddesses of literature, the arts, and sciences. They were said to inspire poets and artists alike. The same can be said of music today and throughout history.
Music created for a purpose. Some people make beautiful sounds to worship their gods. Others view music as entertainment, like Elvis Presley, who revitalized pop music in the late 1950s and became one of the most famous rock 'n' roll stars or John Lee Hooker, who was a famous blues artist.
There are many ways to experience music. Evelyn Glennie, for example, is one of the top percussionists in the world even though she is deaf and therefore cannot hear the music she is producing. The classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven is also deaf, but he too is famous for his symphonies. These two powerful musicians experience their art through the vibrations made by melodies.
The ways people perceive music are constantly evolving. Throughout the history of music, there have been various periods in which music was revolutionized. The Baroque period spanned from the 1600's to the 1750's, for instance, while the Classical Era from 1750's to the 1820's, and the Romantic period included the 1820's through the 1900's. All of these periods created a foundation for the many diverse genres of music today.
Music has been enjoyed by people since its inception. It has inspired generations who have in turn carried it on and developed it over time.
[Source: The Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia]