Musical Accompaniments of
IT has been shown how ancient folk-poetry was never a mere literary performance, but a real song to be sung by the popular chorus, with improvizations in solo. The earliest singing appears to have been a strongly rhythmical chant, with no musical modulation of tone. And even when a certain feeling for melody was developed, the art of music long remained in its simplest stages. A few notes covered the whole compass of the scale, though the smaller intervals then in vogue widened the range to some extent. The melody of the first bar or two was thus usually repeated through the entire song. The sense of harmony was equally rudimentary. Early singing was almost exclusively in unison. The only suggestion of harmony was found in the lower octave of the male voices. But often this, too, was avoided, an artificial unison being reached through falsetto.
The Old Testament contains but a few faint hints