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  Year   Event  
-4000 Harps and Flutes played in Egypt
-3500 Lyres and Double Clarinets played in Egypt
-3000 The Chinese court musician cuts first bamboo pipe
-2500 Chinese music moves to a five tone scale
-2000 Trumpets are reportedly played in Denmark
-2000 Percussion instruments added to Egyptian orchestral music
-1500 Hittites use guitar, lyre, trumpet, tamborine to make music
-1500 Harps used to accompany dances in Egypt
-1000 Professional musicians provide background for religous ceremonies in Israel
-800 Five tone and Seven tone scales appear in Babylon
-800 Earliest known written music. A hymn on a tablet in Sumeria, written in cuniform
-800 In Greece, music is part of daily life; choral and dramatic music develops; intinerant musicians called Rhapsodes travel from city to city.
-700 New art forms for songs appear. Flute and lyre become popular as accompanying instruments.
-700 Seven string lyre introduced
-700 Terpander writes for solo voice with instruments.
-700 Arion, Greek composer and poet introduces strophe and antistrophe
-600 Pythagoras introduces octave to music. (semi legendary)
-600 Modes appear in music
-600 Indian Vina appears, two hollow gourds connected by strings and bamboo reed. Considered the precurser to all hollow instruments.
-520 Pindar, Greek Composer and Poet born.
-500 Pindar begins to write his odes.
-500 Greek Choral music reaches its zenith.
-500 Typical greek instruments aulos, cithara, lyre.
-500 Pythgoras further explores musical theory
-447 Pindar dies.
-400 Trumpet playing competitions become popular in Greece.
-340 Aristotle lays the foundations of musical theory.
-320 Aristoxenes defines rhythm as tripartite.
-50 Earliest form of the oboe used in Rome.
-38 Chinese octave is subdivided into 60 notes.
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