The oldest song in the world[3400 years old music from assyria]



In 1972, after 15 years of research 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. One text contained a complete hymn, both words and music and is the oldest known preserved music notation in the world.
Prof. Kilmer transcribed this piece of music into modern music notation. Other individuals have also attempted to transcribe this music, with differing interpretations.













The tablets date back to approximately 1400 B.C. and contain a hymn to the moon god's wife, Nikal. Remarkably, the tablets also contain detailed performance instructions for a singer accompanied by a harpist as well as instructions on how to tune the harp. From this evidence, Prof. Kilmer and other musicologists have created realizations of the
hymn





















>>'MIDI' arrangement of Prof. Kilmer's transcription








[left click on 'MIDI'(above) AND HEAR THE MUSIC]
(NOTE: This and the following MIDI files were recorded as Standard MIDI files, and while the sound of MIDI files will vary according to the sound card
and software in your system, it will at least give you an idea of some
interpretations of this music.)






The Song Of Seikilos
The World's Oldest Love Song?





The music for Song of Seikilos is inscribed with a short poem. Here are are two different translations of the poem:
1. While you live,
dance and sing,
be joyful:
For life is short,
And Time carries away his prize.


2. As long as you live, shine,
Let nothing grieve you beyond measure.
For your life is short,















In ancient Greece a man named




Seikilos






inscribed a funeral pillar with an epitaph, poem and song for his deceased wife.


left click on seiklos and hear the oldest?love song 3000 years old or more

The following MIDI file is our arrangement of this lovely tune:

Seikilos MIDI