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What was Colonial or "Early American" music? Colonial music was not so much music written in America before the Revolution as it was music that was brought here and helped define the people who were to make a new country. Understanding the music that early Americans chose to sing and play gives us a better understanding of the colonists themselves.What were the prevailing trends in music in the British colonies?
In the British colonies, as with the other arts the prevailing trends in music came from England. African American Music. While the music of African Americans eventually had a widespread and deep-seated impact on the evolution of American music, during the colonial period its influence seemed minimal.Why was secular music so popular in the 18th century?
By the eighteenth century secular music was exceptionally popular in the South, where people from outlying plantations often came together for only a few weeks or months of the year during sessions of the courts or legislatures. During that time they attended concerts, plays, and balls and took home the music they heard at those events.Who were the greatest musicians of the 17th century?
Find out more about the greatest 17th Century Musicians, including Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Claudio Monteverdi and Johann Pachelbel.