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SOUNDS FROM SILENCE
Boxed album with 24-page booklet. Custom made CD replaces the original vinyl record. Professor Anne Draffkorn Kilmer and Richard Crocker of the University of California at Berkeley narrate information about ancient near eastern music texts and tuning instructions. “A Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit (ca. 1400 B.C.)” is performed on a replicated lyre. The booklet gives excellent translations and discussion of the texts. Also Included are photographs of the Hurrian Hymn tablet, Kilmer’s transcription of her arrangement in modern music notation, and many delightful drawings of musicians and instruments from ancient sources in the near east.
 
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SEVEN MODES FOR AN ANCIENT LYRE CD  (music samples in process)

fourteen recorded lyre pieces. All titles in this collection are each in one of the seven modal tunings discussed in "Sounds from Silence," played using samples from Professor Kilmer's replica of the Silver Lyre in the British Museum. Both Hurrian Hymn versions are based on Kilmer's original arrangement, but have rhythms and simple harmonies added. “Hurrian Moonrise” uses the ascending scale tuning for the lyre, as in her published arrangement. “Hurrian Moonset” uses a descending scale, with a different meter for variety. Other pieces are based in part on themes known to be relatively old, from around the Mediterranean area and Middle East. Fourteen pieces in all, including a lullaby, a victory song, dance of the beer goddess, Ninkasi; a royal procession, a wedding song, and a popular Assyrian hymn, “Hal Libba Marya.”

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LAYING THE ROUGH, TESTING THE FINE

(ANCIENT LYRE TUNING PAPER)

Reprint of a 15 page scholarly paper from Studien zur Musikarchäologie I, "Laying the Rough, Testing the Fine," by Smith and Kilmer, discussing diatonic lyre tuning procedures on the tablet CBS10996 from Nippur, first millennium, B C., "The Mathematical Text," (so named because it refers to lyre strings by numbered pairs). A comparison is made between this ancient set of seven tunings and modern piano tuning procedure "Laying the Bearing Octave." Music notation and tablature examples given. Other aspects on the subject of basic diatonic tuning are discussed. (Temperament is still unknown for this system). Fourteen names for string pairs (two-note intervals or ditones) on the lyre form the basis for Hurrian Hymn notation and arrangement on “Sounds from Silence.”

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Customers may also purchase the bound volume of Studien zur Musikarchäologie I, containing "Laying the Rough, Testing the Fine," along with other articles on musical archaeology at the German web site, www.vml.de/verlag.php
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THE GATE AT THE END OF THE WORLD
A collection of songs by Anne Bredon. Over thirty simple, elegant, thoughtful and lively songs that sound as though they have been around for hundreds of years. Ms Bredon has the distinction of having her song "Babe, Im Gonna Leave You" recorded by Joan Baez and also the British group Led Zeppelin. Hand-drawn decorative borders and lots of details surrounding the book's origins make fascinating reading and an excellent source of simple, folk-sounding material never recorded. Or just read the lyrics to "Moon Daughter," "Wet Sand," "Earth song," "Too Many Mountains," or her "Come Away," arranged as "Ninkasi's Dance" on Seven Modes for an Ancient Lyre, to name a few. Melodies and chord names given. Some full-page illustrations.
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One song's lyrics from

THE GATE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Anne Bredon,

writer of Amerindian and Celtic based music,

author of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You."

NOCTURNE

(With a small drum or Native American Flute)

1. When the sun sets on the mountains,

Then the dark falls as velvet;

And the moonrise fills the valley with enchantment,

Shining as summer.

2. Then the deer come to the meadow,

Stepping primly in silence;

And the owl calls from the pine tree, singing joy of

Feathers soft as the wind's touch.

3. Hear the crickets tune their fiddles

As the frog chorus rises;

And the bats chirp high soprano in a descant,

The night orchestras playing.

4. Now the eyelids full of stardust

Close as gently as moth wings;

And the baby in her cradle smiles in dreaming,

Not to wake until morning.

 
©Bella Roma Music 2002