Question:

Who was the very first composer?

15 October, 2021 Arden Badon 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: NANCIE GEDDES
    17 October, 2021

    The very first composer may have been a person in the Neolithic Era, who chanted a rhythmic repetitious composition while banging a drum in fixed time. But what exactly does "composing" mean? Composing is not about experimenting or playing improvisational variations, but rather carefully assembling snippets of melody from already previously known compositions into new configurations. In other words, composing is taking preexisting long-established patterns and combining them together to make something new.

  • AUTHOR: STEVEN BADON
    17 October, 2021

    The very first composer is often debated, but there are two main schools of thought. One theory states that the very first composers were the Ancient Greeks who would compose choral music for public performance. They might be called freer composers in today's terms because not all their compositions required strict adherence to modulation away from the original key (for example see Marsyas by Timotheus or any work by Philoxenus). These composists included Timotheus of Miletus, Arion, Epigones and Aristarchos; they wrote melodies similar to the standardized Italian madrigal.

  • AUTHOR: MARGARETT SCHEWE
    17 October, 2021

    Alcaeus of Mytilene was the first Greek lyric poet, with possible exceptions for Stesichorus and Homer. If both poetry and music are forms of language, then yes, it is true that the very first composer might have been spoken word. That said, it's more likely that some semi-modern historians would call Alcaeus of Mytilene the first "songwriter" because his poems accompanied melodies--sorta like lyrics to a song. For example.. I wish I could sing so others can listen-. with my beautiful tune please listen. most dear friend Hermes Kyllenianaios be blessed!

  • AUTHOR: ROY KUCERA
    17 October, 2021

    There's a lot of disagreement on this, but the most plausible candidate is likely to be an Ancient Greek by the name of Pindaros. The first true composer was probably not a musician at all, and more likely would have been a poet who created songs and words for public use. This poet would have sung their own creations as well as those of other poets in order to entertain their audience or convey news or opinion. Some say that the first ever compositions were made by Orpheus 2000 years ago.

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTIAN PEKAR
    17 October, 2021

    Creating a list of composers by date is a daunting task. With the emergence of polyphony, chant and other sacred forms have been largely pushed to the side resulting in an incomplete history for this period. The Middle Ages are another time period where many composers simply remain unknown because they either cannot be attributed to any known person or their music has not survived through centuries ago. For surviving names, notation was still evolving - with some pieces (mostly sacred) keeping Latin "A-B-C" notes together on one staff page while most others were using Guido D'Arezzo's system which required more room for multiple lines per staff.

  • AUTHOR: NANCIE RAMAGE
    17 October, 2021

    No one knows for sure, but most people recognize Pythagoras of Samos (who lived from c.569-c.475 BC) as the first person to systematically investigate music and sound. The ancient Athenians, Aristotle among them, seem to have held that Pherecydes of Syros was the inventor of music because his name means "the son of Percussa" in Ancient Greek. But it's now thought by many to be more likely that he re-introduced Babylonian musical theories into Greece, which had an even older tradition in its oral myths.