Music History By Tinamarie Passantino
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IndiesVoice Magazine will discuss music genres and the history of music throughout its issues. Some of the latest counts show there to be a total of approximately 40 genres and 241 subgenres today. The defnition of a genre is a form of writing or a form of artistic expression that is used for publication or dissemination. So, any written piece of work with enough similarities in its content and style would be considered part of a given genre. Looking back in history the frst melody is known as “Hurrian Hymn no. 6” and has been thought to be from around the 14th century B.C.E. However, the oldest musical composition to have survived in its entirety is from the frst century A.D. which is known as “Seikilos Epitaph” a Greek composition. It is said that the song was found engraved on an ancient marble column that was used to mark a woman’s gravesite. Although “Hurrian Hymn no. 6” was found in fragments when it was unearthed there have been some attempts at deciphering what it was about. Many have said it was a religious song that was created to honor Nikkal, the Goddess of Orchards, and that it was used in wedding rituals. Here is one translation that has been reported: "For the ones that are ofering to you, prepare two ofering loaves in their bowls, when I am making a sacrifce in front of it. They have lifted sacrifces up to heaven for (their) welfare and fortune (?). At the silver sword symbol at the right side (of your throne), I have ofered them. I will nullify them (the sins). Without covering or denying them (the sins), I will bring them (to you), in order to be agreeable (to you). You love those who come in order to be covered (reconciled). I have come to put them in front of you and to take them away through a reconciliation ritual. I will honour you and at (your) footstool not….It is Nikkal, who will strengthen them. She let the married couples have children. She let them be borne to their fathers. But the begetter will cry out: “She has not born any child!” Why have not I as a (true) wife born children for you?” Now that we know where music comes from, in the next issue, we will talk about how music has evolved.
Hope Wins was written at our songwriting session during JMA Fest 2022. An incredible group of songwriters created this song that will be recorded and sold with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity that is currently under review for selection.
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