The Oldest Song In The World – WFMU’s Beware of the Blog
“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 3400 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.
Evidence both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago flies in the face of most musicologist’s views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent (or even impossible) and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago. Said Kilmer’s colleague Richard Crocker: “This has revolutionized the whole concept of the origin of western music.”