Order of the Cynthian Palm

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Cleopatra VII (69-30BC), from the Ptolomaic Dynasty, had nothing to do with this structure which dates from the famous 18th Dynasty, around 461 B.C. (Ramses II may have added to it but Tutmose III was the original Pharoah of the Obelisk.) The inscriptions on it are to their memories.) Though I originally mentioned our New York weather as the cause for the deterioration of the inscriptions, apparently much of this deterioration existed before being sent here.  Tutmose III was the step-son of the female Pharoah, Hatshepsut. My original sentence here was: "After her death, he did everything possible to obliterate Hatshepsut's memory by destroying or removing her name from her monuments." But since her mummy has, apparently, just been found, this appears to be an oversimplification. Please go here for current information.

I am not familiar with Egyptian music and ancient Egyptian music has not come down to us. Yet there are representations of musicians in Egyptian art and we might come to some conclusions from them without knowing what the music actually sounded like. In writing the music, I tried to give an impression of the immensity of the Obelisk as well as the choreographic character of Egyptian hieroglyphics and the enormous influence of the Nile. There is no intention of being authentic which is impossible, especially in the case of a piano piece.

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