Tune of the Day: Song of Seikilos
The Song of Seikilos is the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation, was found near Ephesus, engraved on a tombstone dating from the first century AD.
Here is an English translation of the lyrics:
While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and time demands its toll.
The melody is in Ancient Greek Phrygian mode, which corresponds to the medieval and modern Dorian mode.
Thanks to Khan for suggesting this tune!