The lyre was an almost forgotten instrument - but at the same time, it is the oldest string instrument ever found. The British Museum in London shows us the so-called Queens lyre, the oldest lyre ever found: 4600 years old.  It once belonged to the Queen Pu-Abi in the ancient Mesopotamia.

 

From that time, we find the lyre in all high cultures of Europe: Egypt, Greece, Rome and the medieval cultures. In old Greece the Lyre was highly appreciated. To be educated, you had to study music. And to study music meant: learn the lyre. So, many educated people played the lyre.

 

In 1926  Lothar Gärtner and Edmund Pracht developed an update of the lyre for modern ears. Soon it was valued for its healing sound and used in therapy. Later the lyre found its way in education and performance. Many different forms and types of lyre were created by lyre builders in various countries. Last 40 years the lyre was introduced on all 5 continents. And although still a rare instrument, it is played by a growing number of people all over the world.

 

Listening to the lyre, you can easily experience quietness and calmness you know from forest and nature. Today we live in busy and loud cities. For quietness nowadays we need high quality culture the lyre is able to convey.