Sumerian culture was the planet’s first truly human civilization. It was discovered to have emerged around 14th century B.C.E. It was located in southern Mesopotamia, around the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. This would be today in southern Iraq. This is what we refer to as the Copper and Early Bronze ages.
This was more than 3300 years ago!
This is how the land Sumer looked during the Sumerian reign.
While there are many other ancient civilizations, such as the Indus River Valley Civilization of India or the Yellow River Civilization of China, Sumer was the most influential in the history and culture of the world. To this day, the majority of people around the globe still adhere to their religious, economic, and social frameworks.
The First Song Ever Written
Many cults and western religious systems are simply reinterpretations of their ideas, even today. They were also skilled in other areas. They also produced some great musical pieces!
Some archaeologists found some clay tablets in the 1950’s. They were pressed with all the cuneiform that you would expect. These tablets were found in the ancient city Ugarit, and they were immediately dug out. They then began to study them. It turned out they contained music… and not just any music, which is the oldest recorded song!
This is the first song ever recorded:
Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, a University of California student, figured out what the song meant in 1972. She meticulously mapped out the notation system. It is a hymn of faith that follows a 7-note diatonic scheme and includes harmony which musicologists believed was lost until the time the ancient Greeks existed.
What was the first song ever written?
Here’s the song. We can’t say whether this was the rhythm. For all we know, it could have had more complex rhythmic motifs. We can only work with the melodies.
This is the jam. Although it may sound boring, I’m sure it was a huge hit with a percussive beat. Perhaps it even had a bass line. We might find out more about it on another tablet. It could be in a museum. Scholars take decades to translate all the findings.
I am willing to wager that the lyrics of this song included a call-and-response from the crowd and priests. This song is being referred to as:
The Hurrian Cult Song From Ancient Ugarit
“When I say hi, you say ho!” It’s funny to hear the oldest song ever written using MIDI and then typed into the Finale program. This sounds like something you would hear in a Zelda Super Nintendo game.
This is the Oldest Song Ever Written.
It would be amazing if someone orchestrated and orchestrated it, and then played it with a string orchestra.
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