posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 07:40 PM
The fellow's performance is lovely, and this is an intriguing idea. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, and only want to insert a little healthy
I have two music theory degrees, and can say that interpretation of ancient melodies (and especially a full composition such as this) is highly
speculative. Before this, the oldest supposedly reconstructed example was the Epitaph of Seikilos
from Classical Greece. It is just a melody in the reconstruction, and no one knows how accurate the transcription is; it is just a best guess. The
6/8 meter is also just an educated guess. I'm not saying these attempts at reconstruction aren't useful or interesting, but ancient, verbal musical
notation is not the same as Western standard notation, unchanged since well before J.S. Bach, that gives a totally accurate recording of the musical
notes as the composer conceived them, apart from performance interpretation as to tempo, phrasing, or emotion.
What we have here, then, is a best guess of the approximate pitches of a melody, rhythm and phrasing unknown, and the chords are almost certainly the
performer's own work. I'm not saying I don't like it; it is lovely, and for all I know the ancient melody might have been similar, I'm just saying no
one can say for sure.
edit on 24-3-2012 by godspetrat because: semicolon.