A musical family has recreated ancient music based on 60 musical scores that still exist from thousands of years ago.
In order to recreate the music that the ancient Greeks played thousands of years ago, the group, which calls itself Lyravlos, fashioned instruments out of animal shells, bones, hides and thorns.
According to Reuters, Panayiotis Stefos, who leads the group, “travels to museums at home and abroad studying ancient Greek antiquities and texts in order to recreate the instruments.”
As for the music itself, there are only about 60 written scores from ancient Greece that have survived, Lyravlos member Michael Stefos told Reuters.
“Joking aside, ancient CDs have never been found,” he said.
Watch this video of a previous performance of Lyravlos recreating the music of ancient Greece:
In ancient Greece, most the music would have been played at religious, social and athletic events. The audience at the performance, which was held as part of World Music Day celebrations, was treated to a hymn to the god Apollo, music from the ancient Pythian Games in Delphi, and selections that would have been played during the bacchanalia honoring the god Dionysus, reported Reuters.
To read the rest of the Reuters’ story and see pictures of the performance, click here.
If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.
Here are some numbers:
- 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
- Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
- Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
- We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)
As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.
Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!