Music is an art that makes people feel relaxed. Music has many common elements like pitch, melody, rhythm and harmony. Music varies from culture to culture and tradition to tradition. Ancient music was established in literate cultures and traditions. Music was made on the basis of different types of tunes and scales.
The Syrian Christians still continue to sing the worship songs in the Church that is known as liturgical music that means a form of public worship. Syria is known as the oldest centers of Christians or Syrian Christians. In the past, the Jewish religious music was very distinguishing. It was so popular that it is still played in the Syrian Jewish community of New York.
The Sumerian and Acadian music was earlier played in the church that is a symbol of purity. The Aramaic discovery proves that there were schools of music in the areas of Mesopotamia where Sumerians learned music in 4500 BC. Music played a vital role in the religious ceremonies being performed in the churches that is supposed to be the symbol of purity.
The Aramaic music had Acadian Octave that was divided into twenty four-quartertones. The eight keys formed a scale. Though theses scales did not get over the entire Octave; while they were built on the first four tones only. These extra chords were combined with each other until they made up to 3000 different complete scales. But later they realized that a lot of them did not give the musical satisfaction and so they were reduced to almost 200. out of which 10 are being used.
An ancient and medieval instrument known as Psaltery on which the Christians sang different types of songs by plucking the strings of the instrument. It was decided in the early church to pray and sing in Aramaic the “international” language at that time. The Jews who were given freedom by Cyrus in 539 BC played the Acadian Seven-tones scale music in the already established churches.
The early believers moved to Antioch along with Peter who was the founder of the Christian church. Antioch was in important city as it was the center where the east and west meet from different cultures.
After the Christians entered the Middle-east countries in the second-third Century, the Christians used the uses of the Acadian main tones. These eight scales became the basis of the oriental music. The first music festival was held in the year 2008 for almost four days in the village of Tannourine in Mount Lebanon. This music festival was especially held for Aramean-Syriac people who dispersed in the eighth-sixth Century BC.
The singers like Gabi Conda, Sina Marawge, Massoud Elia and Elie Gabriel attended this festival. In 1864, an international organization of left-wing radicals founded the International Workingmen’s Association that was also known by the name of the First International Association.
In 1922, an anarcho-syndicalists federation of trade unions was also founded under the International Workers Association. Aramaic music has been the most important for the development of folk music. Aramaic music had rich cultures and traditions and it is a wonderful folk music that is still alive in the hearts of many people even today.