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Morning Concert:
An Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 27 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets which served as a key to various musical scores of the ancient Near East. The record was released by Bit Enki Records in Berkeley, CA, and contains one of the earliest notated songs in the world, performed by Richard Crocker, on a lyre built to ancient specifications by Robert R. Brown. Kilmer talks about the archaeological discoveries that led to the decipherment of this ancient song, as well as providing some background information on ancient musical studies, and her own career as an expert on Near Eastern civilizations. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  [a Hurrian hymn, or cult song, from ancient Ugarit] (ca. 1400 BC) (2:08) -- [a Hurrian hymn, or cult song, from ancient Ugarit, repeated] (ca. 1400 BC) (2:08)
Performers:  Richard L. Crocker, lyre and voice
Subject:  Musical intervals and scales; Musical instruments, Ancient; Music, Sumerian; Songs, Ugaritic; Lyre
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Kilmer, Anne Draffkorn; Crocker, Richard L.
Recording Date:  1/25/1978
First Broadcast Date:  1/25/1978
 
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