THE LYRE OF MEGIDDO: ECHOES OF ANCIENT CANAAN - Experimental EP Album


An evocation of the music of ancient Canaan performed on a replica Bronze Age lyre...



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Although the lyre featured in this experimental recording is a replica of an actual surviving ancient Egyptian lyre preserved at Leiden, these asymmetrical lyres are distinctively Canaanite, having probably been introduced to Egypt under the Canaanite Hyksos kings. The lyre dates to around 1500-1300 BCE:




Replica Leiden Lyre - custom built by
 Luthieros:



Regarding the similarity between the ancient Egyptian and Canaanite lyres, this particular extant ancient Egyptian asymmetrical lyre is strikingly similar to a Canaanite lyre illustrated on the Megiddo ivory carving, circa 1300 BC:



The Megiddo lyre dates to almost exactly the same time period of the replica ancient Egyptian lyre featured in this recording, whose actual original dimensions are known -  this experimental EP could therefore, quite literally be the nearest we can currently get, to the actual sound of the original Canaanite Lyre of Megiddo...



 

 

ANCIENT VISIONS - NEW COMPOSITIONS FOR AN ANCIENT LYRE - Ancient Mesopotamian-Themed Album

"The ancient past through the looking glass...

This album is probably the best means to artfully and authentically connect with those ancient civilizations like the artist seeks to connect us with. Michael Levy performs the Lyre, the musical instrument of Ancient Mesopotamia, in an honest and authentic way. Just a little reverb is added to the recording, other than that you can only hear an occasional breathing of the artist. It feels like sitting in one of their ancient temples; my mind begins wandering around and I begin to fantasize I am listening to sounds more than 4000 years old. Amazing!"

Von Idris Riahi - iTunes (Germany) Review 

    

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