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This review is from: Seven Modes for an Ancient Lyre (Audio CD)
CD, fourteen lyre pieces. All titles in this collection are each in one of the seven modal tunings discussed in "Sounds from Silence," played using samples from Professor Kilmer's replica of the Silver Lyre in the British Museum. Both Hurrian Hymn versions are based on Kilmer's original arrangement, but have rhythms and simple harmonies added. "Hurrian Moonrise" uses the ascending scale tuning for the lyre, as in her published arrangement. "Hurrian Moonset" uses a descending scale, with a different meter for variety. Other pieces are based in part on themes known to be relatively old, from around the Mediterranean area and Middle East. Fourteen pieces in all, including a lullaby, a victory song, dance of the beer goddess, Ninkasi; a royal procession, a wedding song, and a popular Assyrian hymn, "Hal Libba Marya."