History Music

The oldest written music

Listened “Hurrian Hymn No. 6” (c.1400 B.C.E.) Ancient Mesopotamian Music Fragment from YouTube()

The Oldest Known Melody, which is known as “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” that dates all the way back to 1400 B.C.E., performed by the very talented Michael Levy on s…

Written in cuneiform 3500 years ago in Syria by the Hittites. It’s not necessarily to my taste but it’s music not that foreign to my ear, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear it in a new agey hippie shop. If this is one of the origins of modern music, it makes sense that ours, growing even over so much time from theirs, feels in the same family.


By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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