Notes On Music
12:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

The Oldest Song In The World

Ruins from the city of Ugarit
Ruins from the city of Ugarit
Credit Wikimedia Commons

More than 3,400 years ago in the Mediterranean port city of Ugarit, now part of Syria, an unknown composer wrote a hymn in praise of Nikkal, the wife of the moon god, the words and music chiseled into a stone tablet. 

But it wasn’t until the 1970s that University of California professor Anne Kilmer was able to decipher them.  It is the oldest surviving song in the world. 

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