Each week, we are going to focus on a genre or style of music. We will listen to a different piece each day and learn about some of the composers and performers.

By the end of the school year, we will have experienced many music types and learned about the history and origin of each.

As an introduction, we listen to the oldest known recorded melody.

 

Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal

The Hurrian songs are a collection of music inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablets, which date to approximately 1400 BCE. Excavated from the ancient city of Ugarit in northern Syria, one of these tablets contains the Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal also known as the Hurrian Hymn to the Gods. It is the oldest surviving complete work of notated music in the world.

 

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