• Sacred (religious) music was most commonly played, but there was some secular music played.
  • Sacred music was usually for vocals only while secular music could be played with instruments.
  • Musicians were expected to juggle, sing, play multiple instruments, recite poetry, etc. Usually, they would perform multiple acts at the same time.
  • The educated and wealthy were taught the philosophy of music, but the poor were not allowed.
  • Often times, a heroic poem would be read with a harp or other musical instrument playing in the background. This was considered mainstream music.
  • Rottes (replaced by the harp), guitar-like string instruments (such as the lyre), horns, panpipes, flutes, bells, drums and organs were common instruments in the Anglo-Saxon time period.
  • Music during the Anglo-Saxon era was suspected by many clergy as demonic and instructions for composing music was sent out to composers. If music was seen as too demonic or persuasive (as in away from the church), there would be a punishment.
  • Musicians during the Anglo-Saxon time period were considered both a blessing and a curse. They could provide entertainment for people or they could evoke demonic emotions.

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