Kids Lyre of Linus (5 strings) – ancient Greek lyre
“And in their midst, a boy made pleasant music with a clear-toned lyre, and thereto sang sweetly the Linus-song with his delicate voice.” – Homer’s Iliad, Book 18, 570-72.
This is a replica of a chelys ancient Greek lyre, named after Linus of Thrace, a legendary musician, the son of Muse Calliope and Apollo, and the first leader of lyric song. He had many well-known pupils, and two of the greatest renown, Thamyris, and Orpheus. This lyre has 5 strings, which was a common number in Classical Greece for most of the lyres used for teaching music both to children and adults.
Quoting Lina Palera, Head of Music Programs at Lyre Academy, “the fewer the strings, the quicker the advancement of our lyre playing, as it forces us to use more advanced techniques from the very beginning!”
LUTHIEROS Kids Lyre of Linus has 5 strings, and it is ideal to tune in a pentatonic scale. It is considered to be an introductory musical instrument for anyone willing to learn how to play the lyre, both for children and adults. With the use of harmonics and other advanced playing techniques, a 5-strings lyre can produce notes on two to three octaves, along with sharps!
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^ 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
To handcraft premium ancient-replicas with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, analyze hundreds of ancient depictions, build a lot of prototypes, test them with great musicians, etc.
And all of these, to conclude to meaningful compromises that have to be made, that are both deeply justified and make sense in terms of usability/playability. All in all, our ultimate goal is to serve the modern musician, and to bring ancient artifacts back to life as fully functional musical instruments.
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the LUTHIEROS Kids Lyre of Linus is made exclusively using natural materials available during the antiquity. All parts (including the soundbox) are made of quality wood with great musicality, the soundboard is made of skin, while the tuning pegs are made by ebony and mulberry wood. The bottom part of the strings is attached to metal, while the plectrum is manufactured by wood.
This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern musical instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians. For all the minor (but very important) alterations, top-notch technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Modeling and rapid prototyping) as part of University-based research by members of LUTHIEROS family. Key collaborations include the International Hellenic University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Beazley, John D. 1963. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1126, no. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Koumartzis et al. (2015). A New Music Instrument from Ancient Times: Modern Reconstruction of the Greek Lyre of Hermes using 3D Laser Scanning, Advanced Computer Aided Design and Audio Analysis. Journal of New Music Research. 44. 324-346.
Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities (G 457)
Maas, M. & Snyder, J. M. 1989. Stringed instruments of ancient Greece, New Haven : Yale University Press.
Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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Kids Lyre of Linus (5 strings) – ancient Greek lyre