Pietro Pittari’s “Hymn to Nikkal” is a modern piano arrangement of the oldest surviving complete work of notated music: the 3400-years-old Hurrian Hymn N.6, found in the 1950s on a clay tablet in Ugarit (Syria). The song is dedicated to Nikkal, a goddess whose name means “Great Lady and Fruitful“. Musicologist Richard Dumbrill translated the melody (written on stone in cuneiform) in modern notation. Classical pianist and composer Pietro Pittari transformed the original melody in a modern atmospheric piano meditation.
Release: 6. December 2021
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