As Western civilization emerged from itís Dark Ages, a period of barbarians
and invading hordes which brought an end to the Roman Empire, the Christian
Church emerged. The Christian Church controlled so many aspects of life,
including music. Pope Gregory I is credited with having organized the music
known as the Gregorian Chant, the accepted music of the Church.
During the Middle Ages, music began to be subjected to different ideas and
concepts which changed the art. These changes were for the better, and the
worse. Of the better, was Western cultures first celebrated name in music, Guillaume de Machaut.