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Ancient Ugarit

What then is the most ancient song? It could be this one, almost 4,000 years old from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit. You can hear a MIDI version (click on the picture of the clay tablet notation) of it. Finally, a sounding fragment!!!

Evidence of Harmony in Ancient Music
by Robert Fink
http://www.webster.sk.ca/greenwich/evidence.htm
(Linked with permission)

 

Egypt

Remember Egypt is part of Africa. The Egyptians built pyramids, mighty monuments and temples and they left a treasure house of riches. Thankfully, many sources for the instruments exist too, mostly in pictorial representation. And the work on deciphering the ancient music fragments goes on. One K Marie Stolba, Professor Emerita at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) gave a lecture recently entitled 'Unlocking Ancient Egyptian Music Notation.'

Nigel Skinner-Simpson provides a Zip file (which I can't open being a Mac person) that is a recording of a trumpet from the tomb of Tutenkamen.

http://towers-online.co.uk/pages/egypt.htm

 

Alternative Histories

I hate to be the one to leave out cultures that do not turn up in the standard text books. Besides, who knows what their music might have sounded like. I don¹t believe that much music survives from:

Mu Revival Pages

Mu   members.aol.com/theloego
(Linked with permission)

Lemuria

Lemuria   www.lemuria.net
(Linked with permission)

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Copyright © 4 June 2001 Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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