The Oldest Song In The World – Ancient Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago

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Harmonies and certain diatonic scales can be traced back as far as the Ancient Grecian civilization and recent archaeological evidence can tell us what these ancient songs sounded like.The songs were likely plucked and strummed on instruments similar to the lyre some 3,000 years ago.

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The song was discovered in the ancient Syrian city if Ugarit in the early Fifties, and then deciphered by Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer.To hear the recording of this ancient piece of music, watch the video below.via(AssyriaTimes).

The tablets containing the notation were about 3400 years old, and contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language that provided musical notation of a complete cult hymn. It’s thought to be the oldest preserved song with notation in the world, and predates the next earliest example of harmony by 1,400 years.

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One of the texts formed a complete cult hymn and is the oldest preserved song with notation in the world. Finally in 1972, Kilmer, who is professor of Assyriology, University of California, and a curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley, developed an interpretation of the song based on her study of the notation.

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