Evoking the Lost Music of Ancient Rome | Michael Levy


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Unlike ancient Greece, where at least 60 fragments of notated music have survived (using the alphabetical system of notation, where specific modified alphabetical symbols represented specific changes in pitch), sadly, nothing has survived from ancient Rome.

The lost music of ancient Rome, can still be imaginatively evoked, though – using recreated period instruments (such as the lyre I am playing here), using authentic, historically documented ancient musical modes (since Roman culture borrowed so much from Greek culture, it is very likely that the Romans also borrowed most of the documented ancient Greek modes)

This piece, I named “Aestate Tenuis (Summer Breeze)” – a dreamy improvisation for replica ancient lyre in just intonation, which is in the distinctively dreamy, feminine & sensual Hypolydian mode (the equivalent interals as F-F on the white notes of the piano & misnamed the ‘lydian’ mode in the Middle Ages).

The marvellously mythological looking, enormous chelys (tortoise shell form) lyre I am playing, was handmade in Greece by Luthieros:

https://www.luthieros,com

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