François Filiatrault, lecturer
Even if, for lack of notation, nothing remains of the music of ancient Egypt, we know of the instruments played by its inhabitants as well as their ritual and secular uses. The harps, wind, and percussion instruments found in tombs and seen in bas-reliefs, frescoes, and papyruses have been reconstructed; some specialists, well aware of their possibilities, have attempted to play music on them that is plausible in terms of ancient musical scales and consistent with written evidence. Furthermore, it has been possible to derive certain melodies from the gestures made by figures acting as conductors in some images…
This conference, accompanied by images and sound, will allow you to discover this enigmatic musical tradition.
Duration: 90 minutes
Lecture presented at the Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium.