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British Music History

Extracted from the pages of history:

The western culture; the ancient traditional folk music, church music, and the instrumentation of England, Wales, Northern Island and Scotland are the roots in which the foundation of British music history is laid upon.

In the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation severely affected music in religious music in Britain and what developed was a distinct national music along with worship and belief.


Here are some more of the fascinating events in British music history and the story of the forms of music in United Kingdom that created major movements in the history of European music.

The period between early medieval music and the Renaissance is known as the Baroque era in the history of music. The British war caused a delay in the arrival of baroque era in British music but still British music managed to absorb universal practices and trends.

The attempt to design the indigenous tradition by creating the ballad opera was also made during this period. The court music which was disrupted was restored when the Stuart kings came to power placing emphasis on Monarchy.

In the 16th and the 17th century through the commercial success of the broadside ballad, popular music originated in British music history. The changes in technology and economy in the 19th century further created new music forms.

The popular, communal, classical form called the brass band and the music hall which catered to the interests of urban societies are the creations of the nineteenth century. The popular music in the 1930's was influenced by Jazz which resulted in the formation of British dance bands.


An alternative rock combined with the British attitude. This was Britpop. The chorus was catchy and the composers loved experimenting with art rock. It bears resemblance to the rock n roll of the late eighties.

A sub genre of Britpop was developed focusing on the guitar which was named Manchester. A band formed in 1989 called blur is entitled as the leaders of Britpop.
The music bands in British music history had quite interesting names.

They were bands named The animals, Arctic Monkeys, Ash, Buzz cocks, Cranberries, The Cure, The darkness, Echo and the Bunny men, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Muse, Oasis, Queen, Radiohead, The Wolfhounds, Suede, The Rolling stones.

How can the British music history one ever be completed without the Beatle mania, When the Beatles were launched in the early sixties they proved to the world that music is indeed an integral part of western culture.

They entered and exited the music charts of United Kingdom with the all time favourite good old days. They helped in securing a place for British performers in the field of pop and rock music and truly paved the way for the generations to come.

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