“We are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams.

World-losers and world-forsakers, Upon whom the pale moon gleams;

Yet we are the movers and shakers, Of the world forever, it seems.”

― Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

The creation of a basic rhythm, and the movement of the human body in time with that rhythm (dancing) has been around since the dawn of humanity. Images of humans carrying drum like objects and possibly dancing have been found in cave paintings.

Things have progressed a bit since then! Music has evolved and diversified in to an infinate number of forms.

It is all pervading, affecting every aspect of our lives, whether we like it or not. Film scores, TV and radio advertising, even whilst waiting to speak to someone on the telephone - there is no escaping music.


Ask 100 people what music means to them, and you will probably recieve 100 completely different replies, ranging from 'Nothing' to 'I love music'. Ask 100 musicians, songwriters, lyricists etc. what it means to them, and the range of replies will be somewhat narrower, 'It's my life' being a common opinion.



Religion played a major part in the development of music during the medievel period. Helped along by prominent church figures such as Pope Gregory, who formalised the choral music of the time and created the Gregorian Chant. The Renaissance saw musical compositions, and the musicians that played them, diversify and grow in complexity. Groups of musicians started to play together, which would lead to the first orchestras playing classical music.


Monteverdi changed the game by writing the first Opera, Orfeo. As we entered the Classical Era, Verdi, Puccini and Mozart, among many others developed the form, and created some of the most influential and sublime music ever written. It still seems unnimaginable to me, that in those early days, people would get to hear each piece of music maybe once in their life times!