Music of Belarus
Belarus is an Eastern European country. Documentation of its music stretches back to at least the 15th century. Prior to that, skomorokhs were the major profession for musicians. The znamennogo descant appeared in 15th century Orthodox church music, followed by two hundreds of stylistic innovation that drew on the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. In the 17th century, Partesnoe singing became common for choruses, followed by private theaters established cities like Minsk and Vitebsk as cultural centers for the country.