Oldest known music notation in history – Raoul Vitale’s interpretation

In the ancient city of Ugarit near the modern city of Latakia – Syria, were found pieces of 36 clay tablets sharing common format. That was in the early fifties of the twentieth century.

These tablets contain words in Akkadian and Hurrian ancient languages, the Akkadian words are actually names of musical distances were mentioned in several more ancient clay tablets found in Mesopotamia (Iraq), which gave the conclusion that these tablets contain hymns associated with the notations of their melodies.

The letter H (from Hurrian) was given as a name to this collection of tablets, only one of them (Tablet H-6) was completely reconstructed (from two pieces).

Several attempts were made to extract the melody from tablet H-6 in modern notation. Here we will focus on the interpretation given by the Syrian researcher Raoul Gregory Vitale. متابعة القراءة