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9 Songs to Discover the Ancient Greek Modes – Lyre Sheet Music

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“There is no benefit when music stands secret and hidden.” — Lucian

In this Sheet Music Book, we focus on helping aspiring lyre players to enter the world of the ancient Greek modes.

Did you know that the ancient Greek modes were deeply related to a human being’s emotional state? Plato, Aristotle, and other philosophers delved into the psychology of music and formulated the theory of ethics, which negotiates the effect of music on human’s emotional and psychic spheres.

Furthermore, according to Aristoxenus of Tarentum, the examination of the ethos of harmonies gives us the following descriptions:

  • Mixolydios: Passive and complaining.
  • Lydios: Soft and pleasant, suitable for children’s music.
  • Phrygios: Ambitious, violent, irritating, and emotional (sounds like modern Spanish tunes).
  • Dorios: Manly, majestic, dignified.
  • Hypolydios: Bacchic, flirtatious, and intoxicating.
  • Hypophrygios: Tough and strict or, for other writers, elegant and cheerful.
  • Hypodorios: Proud, pompous, steady.

Songs’ list: Lima ✦ Dancing ✦ Luce ✦ Nocturne ✦ Seven ✦ Perception ✦ Fiori ✦ Clearness ✦ Equal

“This Sheet Music Book is our latest addition to our effort to enrich the available educational resources for lyre and lyre-like musical instruments,” Nikolaos Koumartzis, the series’ director, explains.

The book is part of the Lyre Sheet Music series, in which some of the greatest lyre players around the world participate, including Lina Palera, Thanasis Kleopas, Michael Levy, Theodore Koumartzis, Giorgio Sancristoforo, et cetera.

Pages: 20 | Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches

(sheet music for lyres or kitharas with 7 or more strings)

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A Lyre Sheet Music Series

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Lyre and Kithara Sheet Music Books Series - Scorebooks - Tablatures - LUTHIEROS.com

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It's not a battle. It's about finding the right balance.

^ Linus, the legendary lyre teacher, along with one of his students, Mousaios. This is one of the earliest surviving school scenes, and it is depicted on an Attic red figured kylix, ca. 450-400 B.C. Attributed to Eritrea Painter. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

< Linus, the legendary lyre teacher, along with one of his students, Mousaios. This is one of the earliest surviving school scenes, and it is depicted on an Attic red figured kylix, ca. 450-400 B.C. Attributed to Eritrea Painter. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life

Re-inventing the ancient lyre and re-introducing it to the modern world is an act that can directly connect us to our ancient heritage. Giving a voice to a musical instrument silenced for two thousand years and more is our way of paying our deed to the great minds of the ancient world.

Sheet music books, also known as scorebooks or songbooks, played a vital role in popularising mainstream musical instruments since the first was published in 1501 in the Venetian Republic by Ottaviano Petrucci. With such an abundance of scorebooks for the guitar or the piano, it is not by accident that modern lyre players are striving to learn using educational material that was not designed for their instruments.

So, how a lyre scorebook can be published when there are so many different types of lyres out there with entirely different tunings, note orientation, or strings’ numbers? The solution is straightforward (but not easy): we have to standardize the lyre as the modern classical guitar was back in the 19th century by Antonio de Torres Jurado, Ignacio Fleta, Hermann Hauser Sr., and Robert Bouchet.

And this is exactly what we have been up to for the last decade. So, this Sheet Music Book is our latest addition to our effort to enrich the available educational resources for lyre and lyre-like musical instruments.

References

Hawkins, J. (1776). A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, Cambridge University Press.

King, A. H. (1968). Four Hundred Years of Music Printing, Trustees of the British Museum, London.

Pöhlmann, E. (1970). Denkmäler altgriechischer Musik. Sammlung, Übertragung und Erläuterung aller Fragmente und Fälschungen

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9 Songs to Discover the Ancient Greek Modes – Lyre Sheet Music

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The ancient world of music is an amazingly rich place for anyone to explore unassisted. Here are some valuable insights, lovingly curated by our family, to start with if you are a beginner, a professional musician, or even a collector.

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