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Tuning Procedures in Ancient Iraq
Analytical Approaches to World Music
A manual for tuning a lyre/harp from ancient Iraq (or "Mesopotamia"), dating to the early second millenium BCE, uses a cyclical procedure of tuning pairs of strings (dichords). It is the earliest known example of music theory, predating anything comparable from other cultures by approximately one millenium. This manual enables a lyre/harp player to use a diagnostic method of determining the current mode or tuning of the lyre; it directs the musician to transform the instrument from one mode todoaj:2c234966685e443bbd8c7b8b5e69f53e fatcat:svynvdh3knhc3eqghikl2laucm