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Peru Music Ancient Music to the Music of Today

Peru music was first created thousands of years ago, by the ancient Inca civilization. To be precise, recent archaeological research has discovered that Peru music was founded as early as 10,000 years ago. The ancient Incas used local resources to create the Peru music that is widely heard today throughout the world. This article will focus on the ancient music, and it's impact today.

Ancient Peruvians used whatever local resources were available to create the ancient Peru music that we hear today on CDs. They used metals, cane, bone, sea shells, and even mud to create the first Peru music. These ancient instruments gave the Peruvian people the inspiration they needed to further refine their musical genre.

When the Spanish conquistadors invaded Peru, they exposed the country to a wider variety of instruments, which were adapted and integrated into the Peruvian society. Instruments such as the guitar, the violin, and the harp were highly adopted in the local communities. The classical Peruvian music was beginning to transform.

This initial combination of western instruments and Peruvian culture gave way to a surprisingly high amount of musical genres- over 1,300 of them in fact. However, practically every major musician in Peru that was heard internationally played either the Huayno or the Marinera style. Typically when you hear this Peru music, it is one of these two styles.

The Huayno music is typically music which combines the traditional rural folk music with modern urban dance music. High pitched vocals are usually accented by the use of the harp, the guitar, the mandolin, and many other instruments. Huayno originally came from the Andes mountains, and is also known for it's unique beat. Usually, the first beat in a rhythm is stressed, and the first beat is then followed by two short beats.

The Marinera style of music is an upbeat dance music. Officially the national dance of Peru, Marinera music is an upbeat type of music that is very passionate and alive. The Marinera dance is traditionally very classy and romantic, while still maintaining a bit of passion. Typically, a cajon, guitar, and bugle are used to create this dance music. Although the official origins of Marinera are unknown, it contains obvious signs of African, Spanish, and Peruvian influences. The name for this type of music and dance came from the Peruvian Navy, or the Marina de Guerra del Peru. Previous to the naming of Marinera, it was known as Cueca.

Even today, Peru continues to modify it's musical tastes. Modern instruments such as the synthesizer, the electrical guitar, the harmonica, and many more instruments are being constantly adopted to the Peruvian musical tastes. This constant creativity and innovation is what makes the music of Peru unique and interesting to millions throughout the world.

Entertainment in Peru is always a high priority. Transitional and modern performances in Peru are considered by many to be superior to any recordings. The best way to experience this music of Peru is to experience it firsthand, when the musician performs the music. There are always events and festivities in Peru, and during a festival is when the best Peruvian music can be experienced. Whether it is professional, or a concert created by the local communities, Peruvian music is a very passionate, advanced, and unique type of music. There is no video DVD or any other media that can truly represent this great music- you simply have to experience this special art of music for yourself, right next to the artists themselves.

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