Kathryn Brickell Music is proud to offer violin lessons to our students in Queens. We will be posting informative articles relating to violin instruction and violin lessons.
The following article consists of a new terminology to add to your music repertoire.
We hope you will enjoy your violin lessons with our wonderful, experienced and dedicated local violin teachers.
Earliest Musical Notation
When most of us think of written music we think of the modern way representing musical notes, that is, we think of the staff and the clef and the time signature and the ties and dots etc. But it’s interesting to know that musical notation has not always been around in this form, and that this modern form is not even the original form of musical notation. Notation has gone through a vast array of changes and developments through the centuries. The first known written music is, amazingly, from c. 2000 B.C. It was found engraved in a cuneiform tablet, created at Nippur, Iraq. The tablet, being so old, is only fragmentary now, but scholars have concluded that it conveys instructions on how to perform music, that the music was composed in harmonies of thirds, and that it uses a diatonic scale. A different tablet from about 1250 B.C. seems to be written for a lyre. If that’s not amazing, then I don’t know what is.