The most popular thing in England was music and storytelling. There were musicians who would sing poems in the social gatherings. Many poems were written to capture many events such as ‘The Battle of Maldon’; others such as ‘Widsith’ and ‘Deor’ which looks imaginary. It was very easy to memorize the songs of singing and so everything was written in the shape of poems.
In England where the Saxons lived there were people who were professionals in telling the stories of Saxon Music and in return they would get food and money. This was one of the ways in which they would earn their living. The person who was very good in this skill of telling the stories of Saxon music was also rewarded for their skill.
These Professionals were regarded as the as a very well known part of the society. They also used music while telling the stories on Saxon music i.e. they would sing a song that consisted the stories of Saxon music. The person who would tell the story of Saxon music by singing also used an instrument called harper.
Today also the phrase harp on is being used when somebody is using and expressing his music in more words than needed. Also any heroic deeds were also expressed with the music i.e. if a person has done any heroic deed; the musicians expressed his deeds in Saxon music. The most important feature of the Anglo Saxons is the requirement of ‘Kennings’. The Kennings is similar to an unsolved riddle that is described the objects in a very different way.
The professional singers use to take part in the royal halls of the king on any of the ceremonies performed for the king. They would sing a song in the praise of the king. The professional musicians who played Saxon music were given a lot of respect in the society and they became a ‘Count poet’.
The Saxon music was not only played by the professionals but also other people also used this Saxon music was regarded as an important skill as the king also respected them. The king would often give them awards for their professional singing in telling the stories while playing Saxon music. Another professional who used Saxon music while singing was also called ‘gleemen, who traveled to many different places and then they sing back and then play.
The professional gleeman might be kept as a musician of the court. The musicians on the burial of royal family members also played the Anglo-Saxon music. The amazing thing about the Saxon music was that the people who were not professionals also played it but to earn their living they would also play music in the assembly hall.
A singer named Caedmon was not very good in playing Saxon music and
singing and he was ashamed of the fact but one day God inspired him and he
composed a holy song which became a great achievement for him. He was so
grateful to Lord for that he became a monk.
There were other instruments like the stringed instruments, wind instruments, percussion that was European band in playing the Saxon music. The life of the Anglo-Saxons was filled with tunes and music wherever they worked and lived. So the music played an important role in their life.