Song demonstrators were fixtures at department stores and music stores across the country, and traveling song demonstrators made circuits of rural areas. All sorts of musical instruments were used in the home, and at various times the guitarharp The development of relatively inexpensive reproduction of music via a succession of formats including vinyl recordscompact cassettescompact discs introduced in and, by the mids, digital audio recordings, and the transmission or broadcast of audio recordings of music performances on radio, of video recordings or live performances on television, and by the s, of audio and video recordings via the Internetusing file sharing of digital audio recordings, gave individuals from a wide range of socioeconomic classes access to a diverse selection of high-quality music performances by artists from around the world.
The first black opera was performed in with Scott Joplin's Treemonisha. Emphasis remained on sacred music; however, the inclusion of secular tunes became more common.
Eventually, European audiences embraced this kind of electronic dance music with more enthusiasm than their North American counterparts. Theodore Thomas — was an avid young conductor who did much to advance the professional American orchestra.
Congregational response has long been a part of liturgy. Romantics valued the natural world, idealized the life of the common man, rebelled against social conventions, and stressed the importance of the emotional in art. Those choirs may prepare special music, such as an anthem, but their primary function is to help with congregational singing.
Sound recording was also a major influence on the development of popular music genres, because it enabled recordings of songs and bands to be inexpensively and widely distributed nationwide or even, for some artists, worldwide.
It was the function of antiphons to amplify the text of scriptural material to which they were attached.
Musicians who could dazzle and amaze their audiences by their virtuosity became the first musical superstars. Most of the music before the middle of the nineteenth century was European; orchestras had been formed, but they performed repertoire by continental composers.
As an educational center and tourist attraction, it reaches a wider audience, much like the music itself.