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    Rich musical history

    While the direct effects of this may now be less obvious, as music from all periods and genres is available on the internet, Europe's long and rich musical history provides a wider, deeper well of inspiration for musicians to draw upon. Most American music seems to be based in, or influenced by (whether consciously or subconsciously), jazz and the blues, whereas in Europe, where what we now call "classical music" developed and evolved from around 1600 onwards, much more ancient musical traditions are always there, providing a base for everything which would follow.