song of Seikilos is one of the few preserved compositions of
ancient Greek music. It is engraved into a grave pillar that
was found 1883 in Aydin in Turkey and is dated between 200 BC
and 100 AD.
On the tombstone is an indication that
the music composition and poem were composed and written by one
Seikilos, for his wife, who presumably is buried there. The opening
I am a portrait in stone.
I was put here by Seikilos,
where I remain forever, the
symbol of timeless remembrance.
The find has been dated variously from around 200 BC to around
AD 100. While older western music with notation exists (for example
the Delphic Hymns), all of it is in fragments; the Seikilos epitaph
is unique in that it is a complete, though short, composition.
music for Song of Seikilos is inscribed with a short poem.
Here are two versions of the poem.
As long as you live,
sing, be joyful
For you are here only for a short time
and time will then carry you away.
While you live,
dance, play, sing
don't grieve too much
For life is much too short
to waste it sad
and your time here will
soon come to a certain end.
of the Song of Sekilos
We have prepared 4 PDF files with notation of various versions of the Song of Seikilos. These basic instrumental arrrangmnts can be used to create various versions of this unique melody.
PDF 1. The basic melody with the lyric translation above.
MP3 sample of the melody
PDF 2. A multi-part arrangement of the song.
PDF 3. A keyboard transcription.
PDF 4. A solo guitar transcription (with tablature).
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