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As part of my new ‘composition marthon’ challenge this week, here is “Lamentations of the Algea” – a sorrowful piece for solo lyre, in the distinctively poignant ancient Greek Phrygian Mode.

The Algea were were the personifications of sorrow in Greek mythology, daughters of the goddess of strife, Eris. They were related to Oizys, god of misery, and Penthos, god of mourning. Their opposites were the goddess of pleasure, Hedone, and the Charites, goddesses of joy.

There were three Algea; Lype, personification of pain, grief and distress; Ania, personification of distress, sorrow, and boredom; and Achus, personification of anguish.

The beatiful lyre I am playing, is the “Lyre of Thamyris” – hand-made in modern Greece by Luthieros:

Lyre of Thamyris (11 strings) – ancient Greek lyre

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