I’m an ancient history junkie, so I was thrilled when recently introduced to ‘Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal – No. 6’, the oldest known melody circa 1400 B.C.
It was discovered in Ugarit, Syria. Michael Levy does a wonderful rendition using a replica ancient Lyre, but this modern arrangement by Malek Jandali is so evocative and beautiful that I keep going back to listen. I never could have imagined that a piece written 3400 years ago would end up in my iTunes top 10.
A more historically faithful version can be heard here: