Reborn of Ancient Lyre
The legacy of the Mediterranean
There are complete and incomplete records of sound from the first known civilisations, some over three million years old. This conference shows part of the path of the history of our origins in music and can provide an insight into a new way of viewing these principles and provide inspiration into the present day.
The ancient Mediterranean lyre is an instrument that has become well known thanks to the few instruments found in archaeological sites, similar to the countless portrayals in Sumer, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Celtic, Tartessian cultures, etc.
The Lune stele lyre is the recreation of one of the oldest string instruments of the Iberian Peninsula. It was created based on an engraving representing a string instrument similar to an ancient Mediterranean lyre. This engraving is on an anthropomorphic funeral stele dating back three thousand years that was found in the town of Luna (Zaragoza) in 1975. The characteristics of the engraving are very similar to the style of the Tartessian period (10 to 6 B.C.), hence the name of the Tartessian lyre or the Spanish name for its place of origin: lira de Luna (lyre of Luna).
Thirty-nine years after it was found, Yerko Lorca funded and directed the recreation of the fifteen-string Lune stele lyre, forming part of the Grupo de Recreación de la Música en la Iberia Antigua (GReMIA), which includes musicologists, researchers, luthiers and musicians.
- The oldest songs in the world
- Spiritual songs of ancient times
- The lyres of the world
- Conference specifications
This conference discusses songs with an archaeological base, theories of interpretation of extremely reputable researchers, songs from Egypt, and some of the oldest complete songs in the world, with special emphasis on the Seikilos epitaph, recognised as one of the oldest melodies with musical notation in the world.
This conference focuses on the knowledge of even older religious and spiritual melodies, such as the Hurrian hymn, of Mesopotamic origins, and sounds of extinct tongues used in rituals in ancient Iberia.
We discuss the lyres that, in different cultures and periods, colonised the Mediterranean, although the lyre as a functional instrument integrated into a tradition can only be found in a few areas of the world. Furthermore, the explanation of the recreation of the fifteen-string Luna funeral stele lyre that Yerko Lorca directed and funded with (GReMIA).
The conferences are given in Spanish, English or Chinese. Their duration is flexible (between 30 and 90 minutes). The main instruments used to illustrate each one are the ancient Mediterranean lyre, the drum and song.Large spaces require amplification equipment that the duo can provide.
The conference includes:
-Exhibition of the instruments.
-Recital of songs performed in relation to the subject (some interactive).
-Audio-visual presentation, which requires a projector.