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Epitaph of Seikilos

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The Epitaph of Seikilos. Please enjoy the worlds oldest written piece of music reborn.

(This is a re-mastered version)

The lyrics in both greek and english.

Hoson zes, phainou
Meden holos sy lypou;
Pros oligon esti to zen
To telos ho chronos apaitei

While you live, shine
Don't suffer anything at all;
Life exists only a short while
And time demands its toll.

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Piano man

Piano is one of the most beautiful musical instruments in globe , so it is always incredible and enjoyable to listen . If you took time to play this piece , I have to say APPLAUSE . I have never listened this song before . People who likes to have ears with honey surely shall enjoy your effort .
>This was written for the gravestone of his dead wife and is was considered a drinking song to celebrate life. After around 2200 years it has become more like a relaxing melody... weird.
Anyway, very unexpected to hear this on Newgrounds.

5/10 because the piece is not yours. I mean, what you mainly did was a transcription with so little changes (which is good if you want to keep faithful to the original).<

[thanks for history of song, very cultural]

>The Melody doesn't really change, no. And it shouldn't for traditions sake. But, I did add harmony, something that wasn't even invented at the time the melody was writen. (Not really the best reason to give a 5/10 but, meh)

Thanks for the comment though, good to know people at least know what this is haha. :) <

[If one day you like to play something yours , I shall be here again to listening, in any case , please let me know you then]

A really nice touch!

You've added a really nice touch to this piece!!! 10/10, faved!!!!


I like this very much.

I listened to this first and then I was curious and went to go listen to the other version of it, for it and lyrics sake, because the lyrics are very nice.

I find both to be very moving for their time periods. This version, however, I find I like a little better purely because the piano makes it just flow into melody a little bit more than the original instrument. Nice job.

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Nov 25, 2009
6:32 PM EST
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1 min 49 sec

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