The Epitaph of Seikilos

The Epitaph of Seikilos

Written on a tombstone near Ephesus, this is one of the oldest surviving pieces of music in existence -written sometime between the years 200 BC and AD 100. This is not exact replication of the notated music, but is my rendition. The lyrical version (not contained here) is essentially a “drinking song” and is about living life to the fullest. There is a beautiful nostalgic quality that is captured in the melody. A true folk song.

There are 4 versions included. Two versions have baroque guitar and an Armenian flute—one of these versions is looped. Looped version is 2:22 in length, and the non-looped version is 2:23.

The other 2 versions contain a medieval stringed instrument and an ancient flute. The looped version is 0:45 in length and the non-looped version is 1:25.

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