1. Ode to Aura

From the recording The Cave of Hermes

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A dreamy piece, in the poignant ancient Greek Phrygian Mode, featuring the deep, resonant timbre of my Luthieros "Lyre of Thamyris" - a beautiful chelys (tortoise shell form) lyre, with a deep resonator in the form of a shell, fashioned of wood:

Aura was the Titan-goddess of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. She was a virgin-huntress who was excessively proud of her maidenhood. In her hubris she dared compare her body with that of the goddess Artemis, claiming the goddess was too womanly in form to be a true virgin. Artemis sought out Nemesis (Retribution) to avenge her and as punishment Aura was violated by the god Dionysos.

The crime drove her mad and, in her fury, she became a ruthless slayer of men. When her twin sons were born, Aura swallowed one whole, but the second was snatched safely away by Artemis. Zeus then transformed Aura into a breeze; "Aura".