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Roman Kithara of Pluto (11 strings) – Kithara of Giorgio Sancristoforo
The Roman Kithara of Pluto is a premium musical instrument worthy of professional musicians and collectors. It was designed by the Italian virtuoso ancient kithara player Giorgio Sancristoforo and masterfully handcrafted in Greece by the Master luthiers of LUTHIEROS.
Its design was inspired by the Music of the Spheres, a concept that emerged in ancient Greece with Pythagoras and Plato and was then explored further by various composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Johan Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The kithara's tuning pegs are decorated with the symbols of the planets starting from Earth and Moon, and ending up to Neptune and Pluto. The procession of the planets on the pegs resembles the Ptolemaic model of the universe, formulated by the Alexandrian astronomer and mathematician around 150 CE.
"Every string is a planet, and every planet has a sound. That is at least what the ancient Greeks have said thousands of years ago," Giorgio explains. "The same concept was developed further by scientists too, such as Kepler!"
The LUTHIEROS Roman Kithara has 11 strings, a dark majestic color with imposing white roses, and an impressive bright sound. It is a great instrument for professional musicians willing to awe their audience and ideal for studio recordings and live events. It is also a marvelous artifact both in terms of appearance and sound, making it a great choice for collectors.
Due to its 11 strings, it gives more than a full octave, making it an ideal instrument for anyone willing to focus on the ancient musical heritage. What's more, with the use of harmonics and other advanced playing techniques, the Roman Kithara of Pluto can produce dozens of more notes including sharps!
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^ The Mundane Monochord, inspired by Pythagoras' Music of the Spheres, is part of the work De Musica Mundana (1618) by Robert Fludd, a prominent English Paracelsian physician with both scientific and occult interests. In this book, he describes his theories of music and its relationship with the universe.
< The Mundane Monochord, inspired by Pythagoras' Music of the Spheres, is part of the work De Musica Mundana (1618) by Robert Fludd, a prominent English Paracelsian physician with both scientific and occult interests. In this book, he describes his theories of music and its relationship with the universe.
Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life
The ancient Greek philosophers, including Plato and Pythagoras, developed the idea of the Music of the Spheres. This very idea reverberated among musicians through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and can be found even in the Quadrivium, the liberal arts education developed by medieval scholars.
"Combining the stars, the planets, and the music has a long tradition," Giorgio Sancristoforo explains, "it began with ancient Greece and continued up to the European 20th century with contemporary music composers. Many composers created music thinking of the Music of the Planets, such as Monteverdi, Gesualdo Da Venosa, Johan Sebastian Bach, and even Mozart, up to Schoenberg and then Stockhausen." According to Giorgio, all of the above had the same idea that the music of human beings is not but a reflection of the music of the universe.
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, LUTHIEROS Roman Kithara of Pluto is made exclusively using natural materials available during the antiquity. All parts are made of quality wood with great musicality, 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.
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.
Maas, M. & McIntosh Snyder, J. (1989). Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece, New Haven.
Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
West, M.L. (1992). Ancient Greek Music, Clarendon Press.
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Roman Kithara of Pluto (11 strings) – Kithara of Giorgio Sancristoforo