The kithara (guitar) was a stringed musical instrument, related to the lyre, played by the ancient Greeks and closely associated with the god Apollo, although in mythology its invention is attributed to Hermes who manufactured the instrument...
The sistrum (rattle) was a musical percussion instrument first used by the ancient Egyptians, commonly used in ancient Greek musical practices, and often depicted in visual arts such as sculpture and pottery. Made from clay, wood, or metal...
The Ocarina - Ancient Wind Instrument
Samuel Bouchet of Terre di Suoni demonstrates the different sounds of ocarinas. Ocarinas are musical instruments made of clay that people all over the world have made throughout the ages. Find out more about Terre di Suoni: - http://terredisuoni.com/en/...
First performance of the reproduction Hydraulis Organ at Bath
Alexander Henshaw plays the reproduction Roman Hydraulis, assisted by designer Richard Ellam. The apparently authentic tune is 'Aulos et Hydraulis' by German ensemble Musica Romana. The water in the chamber holds back a smoothly-regulated...
Ancient Greek Music by Prof. Stefan Hagel
Professor Stefan Hagel performing Ancient Greek Music at palaestra et odeum - Lund - Sweden. Instruments: Greek Kithara & Aulos
Prof. Stefan Hagel: hellenistic aulos
Prof. Stefan Hagel plays the hellenestic auloi, and wears a phorbeia, the cheek restraint wrapped around his face.
The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece
The Seikilos Stele contains the the oldest complete song and dates to c.100 BCE. This video explores how the stele was found and how the song sounds; it is sung at 2:28 As long as you live, shine forth do not at all grieve, Life exists...
How to Play an Ancient African Rock Gong
The British Museum invited Dr Cornelia Kleinitz, an archaeologist specialising in rock art, and Liam Williamson, a modern rock drummer, to try and discover how a rock gong might have been played. This was the result. Rock gongs are a...
A modern reconstruction of panpipes (or syrinx), first used by shepherds in the Cycladic islands as early as the third millennium BCE were a popular musical instrument in ancient Greek culture and are often depicted on Greek pottery. (Museum...
Assyrian wall relief depicting musical instruments
This alabaster bas relief depicts marching shield bearers accompanied by a group of musicians who carry different musical instruments. The male musicians are carrying rectangular drums with a string; this instrument can still be found in...