THE MUSIC OF ANCIENT GREECE: “SONG OF SEIKILOS” c.100BC

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This video features my arrangement for solo lyre, “The Song of Seikilos”, unique in musical history, as it is the only piece of music from antiquity in the entire Western world, that has SO far been found, which has survived in its COMPLETE form, and unlike much earlier surviving fragments of melodies that have been found, this song is written in a totally unambiguous ALPHABETICAL musical notation, which can be played, note for note, as it was written…2000 YEARS AGO: www.amaranthpublishing.com This melody is an amazing musical legacy from ancient Greece; a precious remnant of a long-forgotten musical culture now forever lost in the mists of time… About 2000 years after it was written, this melody was rediscovered in 1883, in its complete & original form. It was found inscribed in marble on an ancient Greek burial stele, bearing the following epitaph: “I am a portrait in stone. I was put here by Seikilos, where I remain forever, the symbol of timeless remembrance”. The timeless words of the song are: “Hoson zes, phainou Meden holos su lupou; Pros oligon esti to zen To telos ho chronos apaitei” Translation – “While you live, shine Don’t suffer anything at all; Life exists only a short while And time demands its toll” All of my 9 albums of mystical, ancient lyre music are now available from iTunes… 1)”An Ancient Lyre”: bit.ly 2)”King David’s Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel”: bit.ly 3)”The Ancient Biblical Lyre”: bit.ly 4)”Lyre of the Levites”: bit.ly 5)”Apollo’s Lyre


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  • Bolender says:

    Your saying this makes me think of the initial trumpet melody in Parsifal. Very lyrical music one wouldn’t associate with a trumpet, but very beautiful on trumpet nonetheless.

  • cheesydutchman says:

    the song is actually an epitaph found on a tombstone.

  • glazinq says:

    Wow…as a guitar player in the modern era I’ve always tended to think of the sound of old and ancient instruments as somehow less than satisfying. I’m beginning to realize how wrong I was. That was great!

  • kindertoten says:

    That’s awesome. What kind of instrument is that? I want one.

  • Klezfiddle1 says:

    The lyre I am playing is made by “Mid East Ethnic Istruments” It is called a “Nevel” – a lyre with a skin membrane thought to have once been played in the Temple of Jerusalem. It is almost tonally identical to the ancient Greek “Lyra” – the classic lyre with a leather soundboard stretched over a tortoise shell resonator.

  • SoraTakenouchi16 says:

    I´m very interested in ancient cultures so this is a wonderfull gift to me.thanks

  • RobertPattinsonMine8 says:

    Thanks I needed This for my Ancient greece project

  • Resunactor says:

    Nice joob! I like it very much. I will check out your CD , it seems really well done.

    Πολύ καλή δουλειά, φίλε μου. Χαίρομε που μουσικοί ασχολούντε με τους προγόνους μας.

  • Klezfiddle1 says:

    Many thanks! I just WISH I lived 3000 years ago…so that I didn’t have to worry about trying to sell CDs of mystical, meditative, ancient lyre music during these present sad times of global ecconomic disaster! My CD “King David’s Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israle” is $12.99 – with a 30% discount for anyone who buys more than one copy..so that they can afford to get a few extra copies for their friends – all details on my Youtube Channel Page :o)

  • paschalakos says:

    very good

  • wesleytj says:

    damn pop music sucked back then too, jk i just didn’t like it compared to your other melodies you have played

  • sophieeddy says:

    Amazing, so peaceful yet cheerful, I only wish I could play it myself.

  • theo9952 says:

    I think i might try to play some of it on my baritone acoustic guitar, with the strings muffled somehow to limit the sustain.

  • alistahr says:

    reminds me of saint seiya lol great stuff

  • balkancoolhead says:

    amazing and quite beautiful. pelasgian/albanian culture really did provide a magnificent foundation for europe. what can you say, GIASSOU ARVANITI !!!

  • Asrastar says:

    I love it.

  • Dodom123 says:

    You must bring this instrument round next time Mike!

  • Arahan1984 says:

    I think this one is my favorite of yours. Outstanding.

  • TheTokit says:

    @majortom51970 I have heard Paniagua’s: I think he, for some things, takes so much liberties, it is disgusting: it´s more Paniagua’s than other thing. Which maybe can´t be helped after all. Also, there are some parts of the music that, because there are gaps in the original manuscript, que puts a spaniard to say things in heavily accented greek. Too awkward.

  • majortom51970 says:

    @TheTokit Well, Ant K Lavdas was my father, sadly no longer with us since 2009, and he was saying exactly the same thing: Paniagua was taking too many liberties! It’s pleasant to the ear, but not authentic… Even the rhythmic scheme, he was telling me, has been tampered with in Paniagua’s version…

  • majortom51970 says:

    @TheTokit

  • Su2ble says:

    Had the real privilege, many moons ago of singing this at Delphi in the theatre as an arrangement to the Hymn to the Pythian Apollo done by our school as both singing and mime when on a school cruise. Even more amazing , we sang at sunrise to greet the sun . The moment we stopped singing, the sun rose,

  • SHOEGAZEFAN73 says:

    Truly beautiful!

  • wannabeKeithMoon says:

    where do u find this music?

  • Klezfiddle1 says:

    @wannabeKeithMoon The modern notation for “Epitaph of Seikilos” can be found on Wikipedia! The anccint Greeks notated music by simply puting alphabetical notation representing the pitches, above the text of their songs – rhythm can easily be inferred from the syllables of the song text. For a complete set of all the surviving music of ancient Greece so far discovered, there is a book by Martin L West which I’m pretty sure is on Amazon…

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