Richard explains what we know about music from Mesopotamia, and how we know it. Hear his reconstruction of a Hurrian song that’s more than 3000 years old. He talks about his work with colleagues in the Middle East, using music to drive positive change.
2:41 How do we know anything at all about music in Mesopotamia?
6:00 Babylonian system of music
12:10 What kind of music do we know about? Are they solo works or were there orchestras?
15:16 What kinds of instrument did they have?
21:10 The Hurrian hymn
25:17 What do we know about the musicians? Who were they? What training did they have?
27:12 Plans for the future
28:47 The cultural festivals at Babylon
Music by Ruba Hillawi