The Oldest Song In The World (Hurrian Song)
By Camillo Di Cicco | May 4th 2010 09:01 AM | Print | E-mail
The Hurrians (also Khurrites; cuneiform Ḫu-ur-ri ) were a people of the Ancient Near East, who lived in northern Mesopotamia and areas to the immediate east and west, beginning approximately 2500 BC.
Prof. Anne Kilmer ( professor of Assyriology, University of California, and a curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley) transcribed one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world.
Clay tablets relating to music, containing the cuneiform signs of the "Hurrian" language, had been excavated in the early 1950s at the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit in what is now modern Ras Shamra.
The tablets date back to approximately 1400 B.C. and contain a hymn to the moon god's wife, Nikal.
The MIDI is an arrangement Marcelle Duchesne-Guillemin's transcription and arrangement of the Hurrian song. See Duchesne-Guillemin's "A Hurrian Musical Score from Ugarit: The Discovery of Mesopotamian Music," Sources from the Ancient Near East 2/2 (Malibu, CA: Undena publications, 1984).
There was also an accompanying cassette recording of male voices singing the Hurrian words (Brandeis call no. DS 59 H8 D88 1984).
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