|The three musicians, Tomb of Nakht, Thebes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Ensemble Hathor, Rafael Pérez Arroyo
1. Hymn 567 from the Pyramid Texts, for voice & choir.
2. Processional Hymn to Hathor, Dendera 2002, for voice, choir & percussion
3. Hymn 573 from the Pyramid Texts, for 2 voices & flute
4. The Palace is Beautiful, for flute & 2 harps
In collaboration with Syra Bonet, musicologist Rafael Pérez Arroyo, former director of the acclaimed Sony Hispánica collection, has just released the first fruit of many years of research into the music of Ancient Egypt. The result is a spectacular CD entitled Music in the Age of Pyramids, performed by Arroyo's Hathor Ensemble. Realization of the music by Arroyo was based on study of the metric structure of hymns which survive in writing, discussion of music theory from heiroglyphics, sonic descriptions by ancient authors, and iconography. Arroyo has also made an effort at decoding a partial chironomy (hand gestures, the same source claimed for Biblical music), and discovered three basic modes for Ancient Egyptian music.
|Dancers and Flutists, with an Egyptian hieroglyphic story-(hieroglyphs read from left-to-right). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Harper playing before Shu Atum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Harper playing Shu and Atum, scratched with graffito. Scene from tomb of Ramses III. (KV11) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|