Interesting Facts About Music

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Interesting Facts About Musical Instruments and Music

Introducing music to our children at an early age plays a huge role in their development. It has been proven through various studies that music helps with rapid brain development as well as facilitates learning of new skills and concepts. This is the reason why musical toys are widely popular among children and parents. Generally, these toys are easy to play and creating music regardless whether its wonderful or just plain noise, gives children a sense of achievement.

Music has become an important part of our lives and it is one of the things that were not ashamed to say that we enjoy. It brings people together after all its the universal language. Many of us express ourselves through music and it sets the mood for some people.

Here are some fascinating facts about music.

About 5% of the worlds population suffers from a psychological conditional called anhedonia which is the inability to feel pleasure. These people do not enjoy listening to music.

Interestingly, music affects our heart rate which somehow synchronizes with the music were listening to.

Listening to music alters brain chemistry and has cardiovascular benefits. It allows people to endure stressful physical activities like exercises done on the treadmill or stationary bike.

In ancient times, people use animal bones to make musical instruments. Flutes were the most common musical instrument.

Organs were originally made for churches.

Flutes like transverse flutes and harps were hugely popular in Medieval Europe.

Stradivarius are stringed musical instruments built by the Italian family Stradivari, particularly Antonio Stradivari. They are among the rarest musical instruments in the world with only 13 surviving instruments. Many people believe that the music quality produced by Stradivarius musical instruments is unmatched.

Xylophone came from the Greek words xylo which means wood and phone which means sounds. Contrary to popular belief, xylophones originated in Southeast Asia but were widely popular in Europe in the 16th century.

The use of musical instruments for religious ceremonies has continued down to the present day.

Archaeologists discovered bones made from animal bones that date back 9,000 years ago in the Jiahu site of Central Henan in China.

To celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipper, the Jewish people use a musical instrument made from a rams horn named shofar.

Bells, cymbals, rattles and idiophones were musical instruments used in rituals and ceremonies in early Mesopotamia, Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations.

Trumpets were initially straight but they became looped in the 15th century. Around the same time, the musical instrument trombone was also invented.

The invention of electricity paved the way for the evolution of music and musical instruments. Electronic musical instruments became popular and electronic devices like the radio changed the way people consume music.

Seikilos epitaph is the oldest musical composition in world history. Its an epitaph written by Greek Seikolos in the 1st century AD.

Bells and drums are prevalent in ancient and modern Buddhist cultures.

The Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini is often considered as one of the greatest violin virtuosos of all time.

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