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Libby Wojcik
Libby Wojcik • 2 years ago

The Oldest Song in the World ~ Cuniform tablets from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit, about 3400 bce in the Hurrian language (with borrowed Akkadian terms) had a form of musical notation. There is evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago. This flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago.

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The oldest song in the world- The song was discovered in the ancient Syrian city if Ugarit in the early Fifties, and then deciphered by Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer. The tablets containing the notation were about 3,400 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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  • a olster

    Might be interested in book: The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox. Tellsa the true story of the deciphering of Linear B, characters on clay tablets discovered approx 1900 on Crete. This is the previously untold story of the woman college professor, working mostly alone, who did most of the work and

  • Christine Grier

    Thank you. I will look for it.

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