The Sound of the Lirone

Erin Headley is the world’s leading performer and scholar of the lirone, a musically rich stringed instrument renowned for its depth of emotive power. In her own words: This instrument was called upon only for the most expressive and tragic narrative moments in oratorio, opera and cantata. The lirone (trans. large lyre in Italian) was invented in 1505, and early on associated with the poetry and music of Greek
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