Ancient Egypt: Music in the Age of the Pyramids,
"Hymn to the Seven Hathor"
Music composed, arranged & conducted by
Rafael Pérez Arroyo
Music in the Age of the Pyramids represents the first attempt at a reconstruction of the music of Ancient Egypt.
In collaboration with Syra Bonet, musicologist Rafael Perez Arroyo has just released the first fruit of many years of research into the music of Ancient Egypt.
The result is this spectacular 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.