Anne Kilmer of the University of California has transcribed one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. It is a hymn to Nikal, the wife of the Hurrian moon god. You can listen to the tune here, although the lyrics are unfortunately not included.
Here’s hoping some enterprising composer will show his or her work and slip this tune into a Hollywood musical score some day—some swords-and-sandals fantasy or even a biblical epic. I’ll bet King David knew some Hurrian tunes….