The Lyres of Ur and the Reincarnation of Mesopotamian music

The collaboration between LdM and the Gold Lyre of Ur Project results in a concert series and poster exhibition curated by our M.A. Museum Studies students

Their story, surrounded by marvel and mystery, continues to be of great intrigue since the famous excavations in the first half of the 20th century. Buried 4500 years ago in the so-called “Great Pit of Death” at Ur, part of the ancient Sumerian Royal Tombs, the Great Lyres of Ur served as the soundtrack of a massive burial rite.

And this Friday, April 17 for the first time after thousands of years, finally we will be able to admire again the combined sounds of the Gold and Silver Lyre of Ur, at LdM in Florence!

Since Fall 2014, our Restoration and Jewelry Departments have been assisting in the replication of this Silver Lyre of Ur, now housed in the British Museum. On the occasion of the completion of this project, we will be holding a celebratory concert in collaboration with the Gold Lyre of Ur Project.

Prior to the concert, Stefano Valentini of CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies) will offer an archaeological introduction to the instrument, after which a small exhibition about the importance of Sumerian lyres in history curated and presented by LdM M.A. Museum Studies students will follow.

On April 18, in collaboration with Musica Ricercata and the Gold Lyre of Ur Project, a second event at the Archaeological Museum in Florence will demonstrate the evolution of ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic music as well as the revival of ancient music by the Camerata Bardi that eventually developed into opera.

When & Where

Friday, April 17:       Florence, LdM Auditorium, via Faenza 43 | from 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, April 18:   Florence: Archaeological Museum, entrance in via della Colonna | from 5pm