Echoes of Ancient Greece | Michael Levy


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A ‘live’ performance of “The Song of Calliope” – track 2 from my forthcoming album, “Echoes of Ancient Greece”. Aiming to ‘carry on where the ancient Greeks left off’, this album features new music – for the recreated ancient Greek lyre!

Inspired by an idea to literally musically evoke snapshots from ancient Greek mythology, the selection of tracks attempt to convey the distinctive attributes of many of the long-forgotten deities of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses.

The recreated lyre featured for most of the tracks in this album, is the marvellously mythological “Lyre of Apollo III” – a massive chelys (tortoise shell form) lyre; handmade in modern Greece, by Luthieros:

Due for release across all the usual digital music platforms on 3rd May 2021, the album can be pre-ordered from iTunes & Amazon from 17th April.

Calliope was an ancient Greek goddess of music, song and dance, and was specifically named as the Muse of Epic Poetry. In this role, Calliope was normally depicted with a writing tablet in her hand.

Calliope was also said to be the muse who bestowed the gift of eloquence about mortal kings, coming to them when they were a baby, and anointing their lips in honey.

​As a result of Calliope’s actions, when adults, the anointed ones would spout gracious words, and utter true judgements.

Calliope was also considered to be the leader of the Muses, the wisest of the sisters, and also the most assertive.

In the Classical era, when the Muses were assigned specific artistic spheres, Calliope was named Muse of epic poetry. In this guise she was portrayed holding a tablet and stylus or a scroll. In older art she holds a lyre.

The marriage of Calliope and the Thracian King Oeagrus was said to have brought forth Orpheus and Linus. Orpheus was the great musical hero of Greek mythology and Linus was the inventor of rhythm and melody.

When her son Orpheus was dismembered by the Bakkhantes (Bacchantes), she recovered his head and enshrined on the island of Lesbos.

Her name means “beautiful-voiced” (from the Greek words ‘kallos’ and ‘ops’) – this fascinating characteristic of Calliope was the main inspiration for this new piece of music for the recreated ancient lyre.


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