Music


Music
   No textual information has survived on ancient Egyptian music, but original instruments have been recovered, and musical instruments are depicted on tomb reliefs. Music was used as a background for songs and hymns and for dancing in a religious context or at private banquet functions. The musical instruments of the period included the flute, depicted in the Old Kingdom; the double clarinet of the Old Kingdom, which was replaced in the New Kingdom by the double oboe; harps of various types; lyres and lutes introduced from the Levant in the New Kingdom; drums; and tambourines. Hand clapping and clappers were also used for rhythm. The trumpet was used in militray contexts and the sistrumin religious ceremonies.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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