Earliest Music Instruments Found!

This is just awesome.  It shows that even tens of thousands of years ago, man had a fascination with music.   And today we try to close up music programs and fire music teachers; this is such an important part of our social and biological heritage.  We should be saving it.

The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans – Homo sapiens.

Scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were between 42,000 and 43,000 years old.

The findings are described in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Prof Nick Conard, the Tuebingen University researcher who identified the previous record-holder for oldest instrument in 2009, was excavator at the site.

He said: “These results are consistent with a hypothesis we made several years ago that the Danube River was a key corridor for the movement of humans and technological innovations into central Europe between 40,000-45,000 years ago.

“Geissenkloesterle is one of several caves in the region that has produced important examples of personal ornaments, figurative art, mythical imagery and musical instruments.”

Musical instruments may have been used in recreation or for religious ritual, experts say.

via BBC News – Earliest music instruments found.

Happy Tuesday and Welcome to my 555th Post!


And Now for Something Completely Bach…

Jim West posted this link to music from Mozart:

And Now for Something Completely Mozart.

But let’s face it, he should be listening to Bach….

You simply can’t compete (unless, of course, it’s Shostakovitch, because he’s #1).  How does that quote go from Roger Fry? “Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.”


A Little Monday Music: Jimmy Eat World – Work

Shostakovich for Saturday

It’s a 5 O’Clock World….and it’s also Friday!


Happy Friday!

Cafe Del Mar 8 – Any Other Name

I don’t know how I feel about the music video quite yet; the music, on the other hand, is a good mix which stirs (for me, anyway) calm and contemplation.  Perfect for a Tuesday afternoon!

Tina Guo performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op. 107: II. Moderato

Absolutely incredible.

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