Music in Ancient Sumeria – History and Importance

The Sumerians lived in just what ancient Mesopotamia, where contemporary Iraq and part of Iran are situated, from 5300BC to 1940BC. These people were 1st in a lot of various areas. They’d schools, a good mathematical system, geometry, astronomy, cuneiform writing, calendars, credited utilizing the innovation of this wheel, and several other signs of a powerful civilization. Not merely had been they first in these, but additionally appear to be the first to ever establish music that could be familiar to people today. Performers were educated in Mesopotamian schools in addition they played a significant part in ancient Sumerian Life. Lyres were highly popular and reflected the Sumerians love for music.

Music Instruments discovered in burial sites and art range from the Lyre, clappers and later also drums and wind instruments. Particularly, reed pipelines, straight flutes, lyres, harps, kitharas, drums, clappers, sistrum made for many instruments. Songs were often devotionals to the goddess Innanna. These people were included into spiritual and lifestyle. Another interesting finding appears to be notation. A numeric system found on numerous hymnal texts seems to be a type of notation.

Music seemingly have its roots in the temples, but soon became section of daily life. Musicians would cleanse their fingers before playing stringed instruments including the Lyre.

The music centered on the heptatonic-diatonic scale which can be currently found in western music today. It had been believed that western music got its beginning in subsequent period Greek music, but scholars are actually taking a closer glance at Sumerian origins as a definite possibility.

One must remember that just what might be attributed as musical Sumerian firsts could have very well been inherited from previous civilizations. We now have little to no record of these previous civilizations, consequently, are unable to conclude concretely as to the origins of Sumerian instruments and scales. It is simply just fascinating though, to contemplate music from a civilization so extremely ancient, yet so reflective of our very own contemporary civilization.

After the collapse of Sumerian civilization around 2000 BC, you might think that most this knowledge had been lost. The Babylonians, nevertheless, used the information gained through the Sumerians and continued the musical momentum.

To understand the part of musical concept in modelling the cosmos, one must recognize that it involves: “the definition of periods, the distance between pitches, by ratios of integers or counting figures.” For the ancient Sumerians music ended up being a tool that aided them describe the cosmos.(McClain, Ernest G.; “Musical Theory and Ancient Cosmology,” the planet and I also, p. 371,February 1994. Cr. L. Ellenberger)