Rome 1000 AD. A monk named Guido de Arezzo began to question the noise around him. The noise had a rhythm. He had to figure out how it worked and how to transcribe it. And when he did write it down, he wrote it in his native Italian.
These sounds are so pleasing, I need to find a way to write them so people can produce these wonderful sounds! I need to classify the high and low sounds, bass and treble, forte and piano, so many ideas!
Does the church approve of my new music theory?
No! It would be preposterous to do that!
It would upend the church's musical system! Now leave! You are a disgrace!
At last! I have truly modernized so that it won't just be controlled by the church! Singers can put this on their hand and use these tips. I call it the Guidonian Hand!
Modern Day VeniceFive Years Later
Hello! I have heard about your new revolutionary idea for music! I'm an English merchant, and I'm interested in exporting this to rest of Europe. It will stay in Italian as you wish.
I'll accept your offer. The world needs to know about this music.