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A brief overview of music

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  • An ancient Hindu belief is that all music originates from a single cosmic vibration throughout the universe, a vibration also existing in human beings.

    During wars, armies routinely took musicians as permanent hostages.  The Greek army of Alexander the Great captured more than 300 women musicians from the court of Darius the Persian King.  Several centuries later the Romans took Greek musicians as prized slaves.

    The links below are grouped into four main topics:  

    • Historical Perspectives on Music: East and West   
    • Performers and Instruments
    • The Basic Elements of Music
    • Varieties of Musical Experience

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