From the recording Echoes of Ancient Greece

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The Lyre of Thamyris

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This piece features a composition for solo lyre in the distinctively dreamy & sensual ancient Greek Hypolydian Mode (equivalent intervals as F-F on the white notes of the piano & misnamed the 'Lydian' mode in the early Middle Ages).

Whenever I play anything in this gorgeously sensual mode, it conjures up imagery in my mind, of sweetly scented flowers - amazingly, I recently discovered that exactly the same mode was also used in ancient Persia where is was known as "Golestan" - which amazingly, translates as "Flower Garden"!

The lyre is my beautifully mythological-looking "Lyre of Thamyris" - handmade in modern Greece by Luthieros: