Song of Selene

from by Michael Levy



Selene, in ancient Greek mythology, was the goddess of the moon and the daughter of the Titans:

"She was depicted as a woman riding sidesaddle on a horse or driving a chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds. Her lunar sphere or crescent was either a crown set upon her head or the fold of a raised, shining cloak. She was sometimes said to drive a team of oxen and her lunar crescent was likened to a pair of bull's horns.

Selene's great love was the shepherd prince Endymion. The beautiful boy was granted eternal youth and immortality by Zeus and placed in a state of eternal slumber in a cave near the peak of Lydian Mount Latmos (Latmus). His heavenly bride consorted with him there in the night."


In my attempt to try and evoke a feeling of the cold and eerie characteristics of moonlight in sound, this piece composed in the wonderfully intense and mournful sounding ancient Greek Hypodorian Mode (misnamed the 'Aeolian' mode in the Middle Ages, this mode, heard here in authentically pure just intonation, is the equivalent intervals as A-A on the white notes of the piano). This ancient Greek mode, the basis of our modern minor scales is also sometimes referred to as the 'Natural Minor Scale'.


from Kithara of the Golden Age, released September 13, 2016


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Michael Levy is a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, whose musical mission is to create an entirely new musical genre, which could best be described as a 'New Ancestral Music' - dedicated to reintroducing the recreated lyres, ancient musical modes and intonations, back into the modern musical world.. ... more

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