Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Oldest Surviving Examples of Music

While browsing today's Reddit front page, I stumbled on curious topic, "What is the oldest surviving piece of music" and I thought that it would be interesting hear how sounded the music somewhere closer to its roots. So the Reddit Research Institute pointed very fast to the answer and I found it rather fascinating.

The 2200 year old Seikilos Epitaph (direct link to the music) is the oldest surviving complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. There also is Hurrian hymn n6, which is 3400 years old but there are some issues with the reconstruction, however we can get somewhat the idea of what used to sound like that melody.

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