Go to the Egyptian Dreams shop
Egyptian Dreams
Ancient Egypt Discussion Board
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Listen to Tutankhamun's Trumpet

Post new topic   Reply to topic    Egyptian Dreams Forum Index -> Pharaohs and Queens
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message

Joined: 27 Mar 2008
Posts: 45
Location: California

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:46 am    Post subject: Listen to Tutankhamun's Trumpet Reply with quote

Trumpet of Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun's military trumpet is one of three known examples of this instrument preserved from ancient Egypt. It was fashioned from metal sheets covered with gold. The mouthpiece is in the shape of a cylindrical sleeve with a silver ring at the outer end, fixed to a tube. On the outside of the bell is a panel depicting the king wearing the Blue Crown and holding the crook scepter "Heka". He stands before a shrine containing the figure of the god Ptah in the form of a mummy. The inscription reads, "The Great One, Ptah, south-of-his-wall, Lord of Truth, Creator of all that the king receives, Life from Amun-Re, King of all Gods. He who rests his other hand on the king's shoulders, behind the falcon-headed god, Re-Horakhty, the good god, Lord of Gold". All the figures are shown standing under the hieroglyphic sign for heaven and the baseline symbolizes the earth.

Listen to Tutankhamun's Trumpet

The recording of the sound of the trumpet was made in 1939 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for BBC radio. The recording is so unique because since their discovery the trumpets have only been played on very few occasions. Considering their fragile state of preservation, it is very unlikely that any more attempts will ever be made again.

"Owing to its fragility, the original silver trumpet has been played only twice, in the spring of 1939, when a modern mouthpiece was inserted. At the first attempt, the trumpet was shattered but it was restored immediately and survived the eventual broadcast. (From: L. Manniche, Musical Instuments from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Oxford 1976, pp. 7-13).

You can hear part of the recording and find out more about the trumpets by downloading this small, very easy to install programme.

Click to download The Trumpet of Tutankhamun


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Joined: 18 Apr 2008
Posts: 276
Location: Vienna Austria

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:06 am    Post subject: Seems like you got here first! Reply with quote

What a beautiful instrument... truly... Long ago, maybe it was another life.... I was a 19 year old music major. Emphasis on vocal performance.... I was actually going to try to find some information on egyptian music tonight and then organize a whole bunch of questions... To find out what is known and what isn't. The oracle of Delphi, for example has some odd form of music notation carved into the rocks.... One thing i am interested in is, we have a people that had not 1 but over a period of time 3 forms of written language. They had numbers.... What about musical notation? Can their music notation (if there is any) be translated.... I would like to try to play some on my various instruments. What other intruments did they have? I have heard tell of some sort of harp. My primary instrument after voice, was harp, though i play with varying degrees of competence about 4 instrument and a couple more i just kind of fiddle with but i wouldn't say i play them. What more is known about the music of Egypt and or Nubia? Where can i get some? if any still or ever exists/ed. What sort of a roll did it play in society? was there secular music or was it relaly the domain of only the temples? It seems various cults incorporated song of some sort.... Awesome post! Maybe my favorite to date.
Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger
Divine Adoratrice

Joined: 09 Mar 2006
Posts: 2563
Location: Hull, UK

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted the same thing in this thread. The DVD that I own that has tracks of these trumpets being played is really beautiful. Really worth the cash, in my opinion. Wink

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this - Terry Pratchett.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website

Joined: 09 Dec 2007
Posts: 513
Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazingly i downloaded this like 2 days ago Smile
How to start a blog

Photos And Information about Egyptian objects in Australia

Pompeii news and photos
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website

Joined: 31 Mar 2008
Posts: 240
Location: Wales

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Smile
Do not shorten the time devoted to pleasure,
Do not lose time in daily work, once you have done what is necessary,
When your fortune is made, follow your desire,
For a fortune has no savour if one is gloomy.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Egyptian Dreams Forum Index -> Pharaohs and Queens All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group