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The Darkest Lyre of Orpheus – The True Black Lyre of the Underworld – 9string Ancient Greek Lyre – Top Quality HandCrafted Instrument

495.00 

“In the deep still woods upon the Thracian mountains
Orpheus with his singing lyre led the trees,
Led the wild beasts of the wilderness.” – Orpheus and Eurydice

| This is for one-of-a-kind lyre, painted black almost in its wholeness. Currently, only one lyre like this has ever came out from our workshop!

This is one of our ancient Greek lyre replica, named after the legendary musician, poet, and oracle Orpheus, father of the “Orphic mysteries”.
Orpheus was well known of his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, he is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture. Shrines containing purported relics of Orpheus were regarded as oracles.

Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the “Dark Lyre of Orpheus” is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians (for example, a modern tuning method was chosen instead of the ancient hard-to-use one). For all the minor (but very important) alterations, latest technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Scanning and 3d Modeling).

This lyre has 9 strings. The soundbox is made by wood manufactured to look like a genuine tortoise shell, the sound-board by animal skin, the arm, the tailpiece, the crossbar and the bridge by wood, the tuning keys by ebony, and the plectrum by wood. The lyre’s height is 64 cm with 40 cm width, its soundbox dimensions are 16 x 20 x 6,5 cm, while the length of its vibrating strings is 50 cm (can be adjusted by the player for 3-5 cm).

We use only top quality kinds of wood, ideal for musical instruments, such as walnut, cherry, mahogany, mulberry, maple, ebony etc. In case you are interested to learn what specific kinds of wood we used for this specific lyre’s parts, don’t hesitate to ask us!

Along with every lyre, a handbook is provided including all the different ancient Greek scales (for tuning the lyre) in the Aristoxenian tradition such as the Mixolydian, the Phrygian, the Dorian etc. What’s more, the oldest music melodies that had survived are also included such as the Hellenistic “Seikilos Epitaph” (2.000 years old, the oldest known complete melody of the human kind), and further descriptions regarding what modes were used in the antiquity for evoking specific feelings such as sorrow, happiness, bravery etc. Last, a full-color 68-pages book (in the form of a .pdf file) will be given upon request, with more than 100 photos, describing the research behind our lyres and the whole design process.
Since the beginning of 2015, every Luthieros lyre comes with a beautifully handmade premium wooden case for storing and moving around the instrument, along with a wooden plectrum and a unique hand-strap (in Greek: “τελαμών”). A premium package, for a premium and authentic music instrument!

The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed…

“The Thracians were the most musical of the people in Greece. But Orpheus had no rival there or anywhere except the gods alone. There was no limit to his power when he played and sang. No one and nothing could resist him.” – Orpheus and Eurydice

| Learn how to play the ancient Greek lyre!
Michael Levy, the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, put together for us 11 video lessons (available online at our website). No matter if you are a completely amateur or a professional music player, you can play the lyre following Michael’s steps: http://en.luthieros.com/learn-to-play-the-lyre

| Hear how our ancient lyres sound:
(1) Hear how the “Game of Thrones” theme song would sound like if it was played in Ancient Greece (must-see), hear audio recordinga from various of our lyres, or watch players around the world playing ancient melodies with Luthieros Music Instruments: http://en.luthieros.com/be-inspired-by-players-around-the-world
(2) Check the latest music album by world-known lyre player, Michael Levy, using Luthieros’ Lyre of Apollo! Support his music on iTunes or his website: http://www.ancientlyre.com/

| Check a short presentation of “The Lyre 2.0 Project”:
https://vimeo.com/85653759 (in English)

| Read the extended review of one of our lyres by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_lyre_20_project/

* Dozens of music stringed instruments around the world are direct descendants of the ancient Greek lyre: gue (Scotland), rote (England), crwth (Wales), hearpe (Germanic or Anglo-Saxon lyre), giga (Norway), talharpa (Estonia), jouhikko (Finland), knar (Armenia), lutnia (Poland), kinnor (Israel), sarangi (Nepal), sammu or tanbura or zami or zinar (Iraq, Arabian peninsula, Yemen), barbat or ektara (Pakistan), ektara (India and Bangladesh), nares-jux (Siberia), chang (Iran), kissar or tanbura or simsimiyya (Egypt, Sudan), begena or dita or krar (Ethiopia), endongo or ntongoli (Uganda), kibugander or litungu or nyatiti or obokano (Kenya) and litungu (Tanzania).

** Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the colour or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with our website’s images. For this reason, every instrument from the Luthieros team is undoubtedly unique. In case though you want the exact model that was photographed, please state it during the checkout!

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