Click on the video clips below to here the sounds of the kithara and aulos.
Our word "music" comes from the Greek word mousike. The most popular instruments of Greece were the kithara (Greek for lyre) and the aulos. Music was played at festivals and plays, and music contests took place at the Olympic games.
The video features an arrangement for solo lyre, of "HYMN TO THE MUSE" - a hauntingly beautiful surviving fragment of the mostly lost music of ancient Greece. This piece was written almost 2000 years ago, by Mesomedes of Crete...