hey mu im writing a paper on what can and cannot be defined as music. i want to say that music was not experimented with very much before the 1900s but im not sure, can someone confirm or deny this claim? thanks
Reading David Byrne's book 'How Music Works' will help a lot. He talks about how before the 1900's music was often made under the circumstances of a specific social climate. This means that music was being made strictly in places like churches and because these were times where religious freedom was uncommon, music never quite evolved until after cultural revolutions,
Obscenely, ridiculously wrong. Experimentation has been a part of the Western Art tradition for forever, and at least since the early 20th century if you want to use the modern concept of experimentation.
Listen to a bach fugue and a mozart sonata
Then listen to a chopin ballad
Next try liszt's hungarian rhapsodies
Perhaps instrumentation was similiar, but harmonic and rhythmic complexity was far more expirimental the modern music.