Music and Musicians

Through extant instruments and numerous representations it is possible to gain an impression of ancient Egyptian music in spite of the absence of musical notation. This book presents aspects of musical life along the banks of the River Nile in pharaonic Egypt:

Music and work
Popular music in the Old and Middle Kingdoms
Tradition and innovation in New Kingdom and Late Period music
Music for the gods
Military and processional music
Music at the court of Akhenaten and Nefertiti
The blind harpist and his songs
Music and sexuality
The musician in society
The ancient traditions today

The book is illustrated with linedrawings by the author and photographs.

Music and Musicians in Ancient Egypt
142 pp, ills.
British Museum Press 1991
(out of print)

Japanese edition:
Yaroku Books 1996