The old people of Myanmar were known as Mongolians. The Ancient Indian Culture influenced them. Their dynasty was excellent. The Thai music also came under the parts of Myanmar music as Thailand was captured by the Myanmar king that later became the colony of the British Empire in the 19th Century.
Music also influenced parts of China and India.Myanmar’s music was not very famous and known to people as the instruments and tunes were very different because the technology was not completely developed at that time and so the Myanmar music was copied from the music of the other countries..
The technicians of Myanmar made many different instruments and spread music and tunes in many parts of Myanmar. The most wonderful aspect of Myanmar was ha it started spreading in various parts of Myanmar and created its own history. The music of Myanmar consisted of Thai music, Chinese Music and Indian music. The music of Myanmar was so sweet that it leaves a soothing effect in our ears.
The Burmese music is created by the fusion of different music styles that creates several classical music. The Myanmar music was firstly influenced from China, which shares the music consisting of five notes on a musical scale and the Mon Music also influences it. The Burmese music is divided into outdoor and indoor music.
The outdoor music was played in the royal courtyard of the king on the occasion of any royal functions. The instruments were like a large double reed pipe, a pair of ceremonial deems, a bell and clapper and a double-headed drum. Today also large reed pipe music is played at the festivals. A female singer plays the indoor music with a fiddle and a small mouth organ.
The Burmese music consists of a variety of folk songs. This music is played at the religious festivals and is sung to the beat of a long and thin drum, with occasional interruptions by the beating of a larger drum.
Although the origin of the traditional folk music comes from Ayuthaya kingdom.In the 1930 the Western music became so popular that even though the government of Myanmar tried to ban this music but still the songs were played in Burmese and pop music similar to the other Asian pop tunes.
Classical music was also introduced during the British rule. Rock music also became popular in 1980 but the Pop music was banned by the State run radio stations as it was introduced in 1970.
Even though it was banned but still many musicians produced albums in private studios and shops. Soon, the ethnic minor musicians became famous in the Burmese music industry. The string instrument, Wind instrument clapper and Xylophone played a musical scale consisting of five tones and each tone was based on the symbol of an animal.
Each tone can be played, raised and lowered or natural, resulting in twenty-one combinations. Just before the beginning of World War II Piano was also introduced in the Burmese traditional music. The best-known performer of Burmese piano was Gita Lulin Maung Ko Ko.