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35000 BC: Earliest three holed flutes appear. And we go from there...
March 4, 2013 4:18 AM   Subscribe

Music Timeline: A chronology of music from prehistory to the present day
posted by flapjax at midnite (11 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sweet! This looks awesome.
posted by empatterson at 4:21 AM on March 4, 2013


200 AD

Greek theologian Clement of Alexandria (c.150-215) denounces the use of musical instruments to support human voices in Christian music


That could hardly have been the first time. I would imagine that the first denunciations occurred 35,000 years earlier, moments after those bone flutes were played were played for the first time.
posted by three blind mice at 4:31 AM on March 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


I would imagine that the first denunciations occurred 35,000 years earlier

No Christians around that far back, or so I've been told.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:48 AM on March 4, 2013


Its a great collection of information. My only quibble would be about the format. The repurposed blog format is not ideal but I guess easy to work with.
Then, the content would be greatly improved by more, larger images (or links to them) On the BC page, for example, I was curious about the Queen's Lyre from 2600 BC and quickly found this CC image of it from flickr.
posted by vacapinta at 4:50 AM on March 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


200 AD

Greek theologian Clement of Alexandria (c.150-215) denounces the use of musical instruments to support human voices in Christian music.


Accompaniment: The autotune of the third century.
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 6:24 AM on March 4, 2013


And perhaps audio examples, too. This is an interesting resource as a stepping stone.
posted by artof.mulata at 6:32 AM on March 4, 2013


this is pretty cool, but part of me really wants specific source info for some of this stuff....

"Aug 20 Guillaume Dufay’s motet Vasilissa gaunde ergo, Concupivit rex tuum decorum premiered in Pesaro"

first of all, "premiered" is a strange word, but also where did this info come from?
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy at 6:48 AM on March 4, 2013


34950 BC: First usage of "you kids call that music?"
posted by borkencode at 7:29 AM on March 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


If you want to hear a rendition of the earliest surviving notated work of music (Hurrian Hymn to Nikal, 1400 BC) listen here.
posted by beagle at 9:22 AM on March 4, 2013


Aren't there Pentecostal groups that ban musical instruments around today?
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 2:15 PM on March 4, 2013


In other news: The Neanderthals May Have Died Out Because of ... Bunnies?
posted by homunculus at 9:39 PM on March 4, 2013


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