The Oldest Known Melody (Hurrian Hymn no.6 - c.1400 B.C.)

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Jan van der Crabben
by DamianMusicChannel4
published on 10 July 2015

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/RichardDumbrill/Books

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_songs

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.com/pdf/HurrianTabLtd.pdf

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