An Emoji Tale from Sweetwater Music Notes
In this episode of National Geographic’s “A Song for The World,” we explore the story of one of the most beloved and influential music notes in all of history.
In 1871, a group of British scientists were searching for an ancient song that was said to have the power to cure all diseases and revive people.
In the early days of the discovery, they came across a mysterious letter that was found in a nearby mine.
The scientists called it a song and named it “Sweetwater.”
But what they didn’t know was that the letter was written in Greek.
It’s a language that the British had not fully mastered.
When the scientists tried to decipher the Greek letter, they were told it was just a transcription of an old Greek song.
This is when the story gets stranger.
Written in the language of ancient Greece, the letter is called a musical notation, or music note.
Its origins were never fully understood.
We’ve also got a look at some of the other musical notes that have been discovered and the many fascinating uses that they have in modern music.
Listen below: We’ll be back in January with more information about Sweetwater music notes.