The Romansch music is known from some of the Greek sources and some through the writings of later Roman authors. There are 40 deciphered examples of Greek musical notation Romansch music. There are various reasons that why little is known of Romansch music because when the Christianity became the official religion of the Roman empire the early fathers of the Christian Church did not approve of the music of theatre, festivals, and pagan religion music.
The Romansch music was mostly monophonic i.e. they used only one way of singing that is single melodies with no harmony. The Romansch music was influenced with Middle Eastern and African music. Therefore there is no doubt that there were signs of non-European music that is Middle Eastern and African music in the Romansch music.
The Romans may have borrowed the Greek method of ‘enchiriadic notation’ to record their music. In English notation ‘a’, ‘g’, ‘f’ and ‘c’ indicated a series of four succeeding tones with the range of a tetra chord. Though none of the musicians are shown singing music and also very few written examples have been discovered.
A well-known philosopher has also written the music very systematically rather than description of contemporary music. The Romans must have tuned their instruments to Greek modes. The military music was also played on the trumpet like tube. There was a wide range of musical instruments in Romansch music from within all the common regions of a modern orchestra.
The instrument named tuba was a conical mouthpiece like that of the modern French horn. This mouthpiece was placed in such a way in the mouth where the sound came like bells ringing similar to that of the modern trumpet. This one was the only one instrument that was capable of single overtone series. The cornu was a musical instrument that was used in playing the military music.
The aulos consisted of two double reed pipes generally played with a mouth band to hold both pipes steadily between the player’s tips. There were plucked string instruments also used in playing the Romansch music like The lyre, was a harp with a frame of wood or tortoise shell and various number of strings stretched from a cross bar to the sounding body. The Romans abandoned sophisticated instrument called kitharag.
The lute was another instrument that was like a guitar and the ancient Romans played it. This instrument was easy to play. The kithara played both kinds of music that is the popular music and also serious form of music. The organs were also used in playing Romansch music. The bagpipe was one organ that was blown by the lungs or by some mechanical bellows. Also there were various rattles, bells and tambourines.
The ancient Romansch music the Drum and instruments like tymapni served various musical and other purposes in ancient Rome, including backgrounds for rhythmic dance, celebrity rites. Romansch music was distinguished for its having a steady beat, no doubt through the use of drums and the effects of clapping and stamping..