Japan's Ancient Music & Dance, Gagaku is the world's most ancient form of orchestral music. This deeply moving music transcends time and space.

Japan's Ancient Music & Dance, Gagaku is the world's most ancient form of orchestral music. This deeply moving music transcends time and space.

Ancient Greek Musical Instruments | 020musi: 1858 Ancient Musical Instruments. Nicely hand colored ...

Ancient Greek Musical Instruments | 020musi: 1858 Ancient Musical Instruments. Nicely hand colored ...

So many of the  Ancient #GreekPottery treasures are scenes of ancient musical instruments. #Music was considered 'therapia". See and learn more on private #AthensTours by Archaeologous.com (photo by Claire Catacouzinos)

Ancient Greek Musical Instruments

So many of the Ancient #GreekPottery treasures are scenes of ancient musical instruments. #Music was considered 'therapia". See and learn more on private #AthensTours by Archaeologous.com (photo by Claire Catacouzinos)

Beautiful Chinese Sad Love Songs - Sad Ancient Music Chinese Melody - YouTube

Beautiful Chinese Sad Love Songs - Sad Ancient Music Chinese Melody - YouTube

primitive musical instruments | Ancient Egyptian Musical Instruments,Ancient Egypt Musical Instruments ...

primitive musical instruments | Ancient Egyptian Musical Instruments,Ancient Egypt Musical Instruments ...

Beautiful Chinese Sad and Love Songs, Sad Ancient Music Chinese Melody ♫▻Good accessories for men – Amerileather Classic Leather Organizer Messenger …

Beautiful Chinese Sad and Love Songs, Sad Ancient Music Chinese Melody ♫▻Good accessories for men – Amerileather Classic Leather Organizer Messenger …

Jiu Xiao Huan Pei - Ancient music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jiu Xiao Huan Pei - Ancient music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Oldest Song in the World ~  Cuniform tablets from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit, about 3400 bce  in the Hurrian language (with borrowed Akkadian terms) had a form of musical notation. There is evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago. This flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago.

The Oldest Song in the World ~ Cuniform tablets from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit, about 3400 bce in the Hurrian language (with borrowed Akkadian terms) had a form of musical notation. There is evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago. This flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago.

Gu-qin ~ seven-stringed zither without bridges, the most classical Chinese instrument with over 3000 years of history. Literally, Gu Qin means “Ancient Musical Instrument”.

Gu-qin ~ seven-stringed zither without bridges, the most classical Chinese instrument with over 3000 years of history. Literally, Gu Qin means “Ancient Musical Instrument”.

The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2100 B.C.) sung in ancient Sumerian language and accompanied by the Sumerian long-neck gishgudi, recorded in courtyard of Nebuchadnezzar's palace in Babylon - YouTube

The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2100 B.C.) sung in ancient Sumerian language and accompanied by the Sumerian long-neck gishgudi, recorded in courtyard of Nebuchadnezzar's palace in Babylon - YouTube

Detail - Blind harpist playing with "orchestra" for the tomb owner Patenemheb. Tomb of Patenemheb. XVIII Dynasty, 1570-1293 BC, New Kingdom. Relief, limestone, detail. Necropolis at Saqqara. Rijksmuseum, Leiden, The Netherlands. Source: H. Hickmann, Music History in Picture. Egypt. Vol. II. VEB German Publishing House, Leipzig, 1961.

Detail - Blind harpist playing with "orchestra" for the tomb owner Patenemheb. Tomb of Patenemheb. XVIII Dynasty, 1570-1293 BC, New Kingdom. Relief, limestone, detail. Necropolis at Saqqara. Rijksmuseum, Leiden, The Netherlands. Source: H. Hickmann, Music History in Picture. Egypt. Vol. II. VEB German Publishing House, Leipzig, 1961.

Ancient Music Notation ~ Not as in "composition" but as in "how music is written down". The history of music notation is fascinating. The creation of an alphabet to write down language was much, much easier as we know because that was accomplished by about 1000 to 800 BC with the inclusion of signs for vowels. There was ancient music notation, but it was so imperfect we have little idea how ancient music actually sounded. A photo of the Second Hymn to Apollo, chiseled on a stone at Delphi.

Ancient Music Notation ~ Not as in "composition" but as in "how music is written down". The history of music notation is fascinating. The creation of an alphabet to write down language was much, much easier as we know because that was accomplished by about 1000 to 800 BC with the inclusion of signs for vowels. There was ancient music notation, but it was so imperfect we have little idea how ancient music actually sounded. A photo of the Second Hymn to Apollo, chiseled on a stone at Delphi.

Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Combatti da forte - The Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Christopher Hogwood.  Copyright 2000 Decca Music Group Limited.

Handel: Rinaldo / Act 1 - Aria: Combatti da forte - The Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Christopher Hogwood. Copyright 2000 Decca Music Group Limited.

Hofburg - Museum of ancient musical instruments by Hornplayer, via Flickr

Hofburg - Museum of ancient musical instruments by Hornplayer, via Flickr

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