Musical performance or music performance allows you to step in the musical process during which musical ideas are realised and transmitted to a listener. In Western music, performance is most commonly viewed as an interpretive art, though it is not always merely that. Performers to some degree determine aspects of any music they play. Issues of tempo, phrasing, dynamics, and, in some types of music, pitches and instrumentation are subject to a performer’s discretion.
Because the pleasure people derive from sounds has always been closely related to the pleasure they derive from making the sounds themselves, it is difficult to conceive of the origin of music as separate from an act of musical performance. Models for the establishment of rhythm may be found in heartbeat and breathing, and in the inflections of speech and cries of grief, pleasure, and desire are found the source of what became song.
The earliest visual manifestations of musical performance are found in rock paintings and excavated objects. While the interrelationship of music and ritual is clear, there is evidence that music was performed for dancing, in various work activities, and games as well. Flute Like instruments of many sizes, made from bones and wood, and elaborate percussion instruments figure prominently in all early cultures, in which these instruments often were assigned symbolic significance associated with forces of the supernatural.
Singing is most probably the oldest musical activity. Even in the most archaic cultures the singer had a special, defined position.
Early societies evolved several means to relieve the monotony of one person’s singing. A principle device is called antiphony, which involves two groups that sang in alternation or a leader who sang and was answered by a group of singers. The latter may be seen as the origin of responsible singing, which continues today, and which may be the point of origin for several types of musical phrase structures. Polyphony was also anticipated in early musical performances. It appeared through haphazard rather than intentional manifestations, such as the singing of the same melody with the parts starting on different pitches or at different times.
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