World’s Oldest Melody

“Dating back to 1400 BC, this is the oldest surviving melody. The Hurrian songs are a collection of music inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablets excavated from the ancient Amorite Canaanite  city of Ugarit which date to approximately 1400 BC. One of these tablets, which is nearly complete, contains the Hurrian hymn to Nikkal ,making it the oldest surviving substantially complete work of notated music in the world. While the composers’ names of some of the fragmentary pieces are known, h.6 is an anonymous work.”

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Source: https://m.thevintagenews.com/2016/01/01/43554/

From Youtube: The Oldest known musical melody performed by the very talented Michael Levy on the Lyre. This ancient musical fragment dates back to 1400 B.C.E. and was discovered in the 1950’s in Ugarit, Syria. It was interpreted by Dr. Richard Dumbrill. He wrote a book entitled “The Archaeomusicology of the Ancient Near East.” Here is a link to it:

http://sas.academia.edu/RichardDumbri…

Check out Michael Levy’s website, anancientlyre.com! Here’s a link to it:

http://www.ancientlyre.com

For more information on the Hurrian Hymn no.6 text, click on the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrian_…

There were 29 musical texts discovered in the ruins of Ugarit, but only text H6 was in good enough condition to allow for academic interpretation. Here is Dr. Dumbrill’s interpretation:

http://www.clintgoss.com/flutopedia.c…

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