From it’s first manifestation in ancient Rome until the 14th century, the organ remained the only keyboard instrument. In the first chunk of the book, music barely enters the equation; instead, we learn about crippling South Bronx poverty, epidemics of arson, civil rights movements, racial tensions, and gang meetings that Chang depicts as a less-cartoonish version of the opening scenes from The Warriors.
Through archeological findings, the first true music instrument noted in history was the strung rattle which consisted of nutshells, seeds, teeth, or bones strung in cords or tied in bunches and suspended from a part of the body (ankle, knee, waist, or neck) as a means of adding sound to body movements or dancing.
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We think of the lieder (art songs) of Franz Schubert (d. 1828); the ballads and the show music of the 1940’s and the 1950’s, especially that of Frank Sinatra; and much of the music of the 1960’s, especially Ann Murray, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Carpenters.
When summing up the advances in the field of neuroscience of music, it seems that a lot of the experiences people have from music listening have a basis that can be scientifically investigated and possibly harnessed for health-related interventions.