Background of German Music

Germany is proud to be one of the main composers of the world. It has produced some of the most renowned composers and musicians in history. We still see that the influence of these artists exists in every music school on Earth. The earliest documentation of music comes from the Medieval writings. The songs were played at very basic instruments and most of them were ballads. Choral music was popular at that times thanks to the influence of the church. Most of these choral songs were religious hymns and they were usually singed by men and priests. Other songs found during these times were folk and tavern songs that were transmitted from generation to generation verbally.

The classical era is the main period that marked Germany as one of the main composers of the world. The debut of this marvelous period is in the 17th century when Johann Sebastian Bach started composing music. It had a very distinct style, and this is one of the main reasons why it became very popular. Other famous composers from this period are Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. They were the tree titans that created the context for the development of classic and chamber music. Their works are still studied in every music school in the world. Another amazing composer that created music at the end of the classical era is Richard Wagner. He is considered the transition composer that mixed elements from classical and baroque music.

The beginning of the 19th century is marked by a great transition in music. Thanks to the economic development, music was now available to more citizens than before. Theaters and operas are created in order to fulfill this public desire for entertainment. Many brilliant composers wrote songs specially for this kind of events and more and more people attended these shows.

The turn of the century comes with many social and political changes in Germany. The modern era brings music styles like jazz, swing and cabaret. They were very loved by teenagers and young people. Soon, many dancing, and night clubs were opened, and the music was taken from the operas to the dancing floor. This music revolution allowed many aspiring artists to have their debut in one of the night clubs. This period was the starting era of music liberation and it was considered a blast of creativity.

The 50’s were marked by the ascension of rock & roll, but a more distinct music style was the schlager. This was a very interesting period that was focused more on folk and indie bands than on international superstars. During this era many of the signature songs of the 60’s and 70’s were created.

The 80’s Pop was a distinct period because German artists started producing songs in English in order to reach out to more countries. In the later years come the role of the electronic music and hip hop. The 2000’s were marked by a true revolution of music because all the music types could be heard in Germany.