The Hurrian Hymn was recorded in Cuneiform notation 3,400 years ago in Ugerit, or New Canaan, in modern-day Syria. It is dedicated to Nikkal, the Hurrian goddess of the orchards, and was discovered in the 1950s.
It’s amazing that the beauty of the music, composed so long ago by people whose culture and religious was so different from our own, speaks to us today.
The Oldest Written Melody in History by Michael Levy – Composer for Lyre.
This is the oldest melody in existence—and it’s utterly enchanting by Elizabeth David for Classic fM. (Hat tip to Mike the Mad Biologist)