Music in Myralis
The music of Myralis has a history spanning thousands of years, since long before the First Comet. Myralis’s classical musical tradition is part of of the greater musical tradition that has developed all across Ostaria, and to a lesser extent, across all of Candarion. Music is an integral part of socio-religious life in Myralis.
Music has existed in Ostaria since pre-historic times. It is said that the Dwytir would sing songs about their history to each other to preserve their history through oral tradition. The traditional music of the Dyndi is said to have been developed from the songs of the Dwytir.
During the Great Myralian Migration, the Myralians marched together in several large groups. During the marches, they developed call-and-response chants to keep themselves alert and to keep up morale. These chants were done in time with the sound of their footsteps, which set the foundation for Myralis’s rhythmically heavy musical tradition. After the Myralians arrived in Ostaria and made contact with the Dyndi, the two groups borrowed elements from each other’s musical tradition. Contemporary Myralian music is known for its strong rhythm and vocal performances that are a combination of singing and chanting.
There are many different styles of music currently made in Myralis. Some of these forms are:
The March - A style of music with a strong regular rhythm usually played by a military band. Myralian military matches are typically around 120 beats per minute and Myralian funeral marches are typically played at 60 beats per minute.
The Dyndal - Traditional music of the Dyndi, sung acapella as a solo or duet. Traditional Dyndal are said to be the songs once sung by the Dwytir. Upon arriving in Ostaria the Myralians appropriated the style, however, so most Myralian Dyndal are legends about their king, Darius.
The Kasha - A style of monophonic choral music used in the services of Dankasha and Dankalgum. It is typically presented in a call-and-response format between religious leaders and worshippers.
The Lyral - A downtempo style of music specifically for dancing. Typically only heard in royal ballrooms as the Lyral requires an entire orchestra of performers.
The Wakingsong - an uptempo, rhymically heavy style of celebratory dance music. The first Wakingsong (titled simply “The Wakingsong”) was written to celebrate the second ever Dragon’s Awakening. Since then, the style has become the sound of revelry in Myralis year-round.
Grom - A medium-sized membranophone. It consists of two wooden drums with leather heads. The two drums are attached to each other and to leather straps that the musician can use to strap the instrument to their body so it can be played while marching. The muscian plays the instrument by striking the leather heads with iron mallets. The instrument produces a deep, booming sound.
Karash - A small handheld, metal, mechanical idiophone. The instrument consists of two metal discs and a lever. When the lever is pulled, one of the metal discs is raised above the other slightly, and then dropped, resulting in a loud crashing sound. The musician can play the instrument this way or they can strike the metal discs with cloth mallets, resulting in a less abrasive sound
Uvo - A small, handheld metal horn. The musician blows into the instrument and selects the pitch by closing valves with their fingers to redirect air through various different tubes. The instrument has a roughly three octave range and produces a silky smooth timbre.
Yosim - A medium sized handheld metal horn. The musician blows air into the instrument and selects the pitch by using their hand to restrict the airflow out of the bell. The instrument has a roughly one octave range in the lower register and produces a sharp gritty timbre.
Hong - A large, handheld, cylindrical metal horn. The musician blows into the instrument and selects the pitch by sliding a wooden cylinder various lengths into the horn of the instrument. The instrument has a roughly one and a half octave range in the very low register and it produces a full powerful timbre.
Yelva - A small wooden handheld string instrument. The instrument consists of a elliptical body with 25 metal strings. The musician strikes the instrument with a cloth plectrum and selects the pitch by striking the different strings. The instrument has a roughly two octave range in the mid to higher register. The instrument has a shrill piercing timbre.