The oldest known song, "The Prayer of an Infertile Woman," received its North American premiere last week:
Inscribed in cuneiform symbols on a clay tablet, this tune is, in fact, 1,200 years older than Jesus.The performance took place at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. A film clip accompanies the article.
The singer was Dr. Theo J. H. Krispijn, an accomplished vocalist who has appeared on Dutch television. He also is a professor in Assyriology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and, in that role, brought back -- after 3,200 years of silence -- the plaintive cry of the infertile woman beseeching the moon goddess, Nikkal, for a solution to her problem.
New voice for the oldest song ever (Chicago Tribune)(Thanks, Stefan!)
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