The Oldest Complete Written Musical Piece, 3400 years old.

It is 1950 at the Royal Palace in Ugarit Syria, and something extraordinary has been found.  36 written hymns, call the Hurrian Songs, were unearthed on clay tablets dating to the 14th century B.C.

One of these, the Hymn to Nikkal is now considered to be the oldest surviving complete piece of annotated music in existence.  This piece was written to honor the Goddess Nikkal, the Semitic Goddess of Orchards and wife of the Moon God. The tablet includes both instrumentation as well as accompanying lyrics written in Hurrian.

Read more about the Hurrian Songs

and listen to a modern adaptation of the Hymn to Nikkal

Frater Neo

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