Echoes of Ancient Greece: “The Underworld of Hades” | Michael Levy


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“The Underworld of Hades” – track 8 from my new album, “Echoes of Ancient Greece. Out on all major digital music platforms on 3rd May 2021, the album is already available to download, direct from my website:

Aiming to ‘carry on where the ancient Greeks left off’, my album “Echoes of Ancient Greece” 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.

Hades (“The unseen”), was the god of the underworld and the name eventually came to also describe the home of the dead as well. He was the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea.

Hades and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated their father and the Titans to end their reign, claiming rulership over the cosmos. They agreed to split their rule with Zeus becoming god of the skies, Poseidon god of the sea and Hades god of the underworld.

He was later known to the Greeks as Plouton, which the Romans pluralized to Pluto. The god of the underworld was married to Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, whom he obtained through deception after abducting her to the underworld and giving her the forbidden fruit pomegranate, forcing her to remain in the underworld with him for one third of each year.

This track, which attempts to evoke the dark, sinister depths of the ancient Greek Underworld of the Dead through nothing but the ancient magic of music, features the exotic, deep, rich & buzzy ancient timbre of a massive chelys (tortoise shell form) lyre, “The Lyre of Apollo III”, handmade in modern Greece by Luthieros:

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