The music and cultures of ancient times.
...The Oldest Known Melody c.1400 BC!
The Oldest Known Melody c.1400BC! Discovered decades ago, the oldest song was found inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablets, and dated back to the period around 1400 B.C. The translated text allows a lyrist to play the tune as it contains specific instructions on how it is to be played.
The Guzheng, a plucked string instrument, is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments. It belongs to the zither family and it is the parent instrument of the Japanese Koto, Korean Kayagum, Mongolian Yatag and Vietnamese dan tranh. It has a long history which can date back to more than 2,500 years ago in the Warring Period. The earliest versions were made of a bamboo frame and silk strings.
Ancient Stringed Instrument - Replica being played
Ancient Celtic Musical sounds- hear a reproduction of an ancient musical instrument found on the Isle of Skye a few years ago "Experts believe the remains are of the earliest stringed instrument ever found in Western Europe - dating to more than 2,300 years ago - at an excavation on the Island of Skye."
A reproduction of an Old Babylonian tablet unearthed by Sir Leonard Woolley in the ruins of UR in the 1920s. The oldest known example of musical notation, this tablet is known as the "Tuning Tablet" because it provided the necessary break through in understanding ancient Sumerian musical scales, demonstrating that Sumerian musicians used a cyclical system of diatonic tuning as early as 2100 BC.