From the recording Echoes of Ancient Greece

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Tears of the Hyades

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The Hyades were the nymphs that brought rain in Greek mythology. They were daughters of the Titan Atlas and either Pleione or the Oceanid Aethra, and had one brother, Hyas. They also were sisters of the Pleiades and the Hesperides.

According to the myth, their brother Hyas was killed while hunting, so they started crying from grief, which is how they brought rain on the earth.

The Hyades were later transformed into a constellation of stars bearing the same name. The constellation of the Haydes star cluster is set in the head of Taurus.

The lyre featured in this track, is the marvellously mythological 'Lyre of Apollo III' - handmade in modern Greece, by Luthieros:

The piece is in the distinctively mournful ancient Greek Hypodorian Mode (the equivalent intervals as A-A on the white notes of the piano & misnamed the 'Aeolian' mode by scholars in the Middle Ages). Sometime referred to as the 'natural minor', the essence of this mode is the basis of all our modern minor keys.