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PIANO TIMELINE

History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

LIST
C. 2650 BCE, Guqin
C. 5th Century BCE, Monochord

C. 2500 BCE, Lyre

The queen’s lyre and silver lyre from the Royal Cemetery at UR, Southern Mesopotamia, Iraq.
The Queen's Lyre (left) and The Silver Lyre (right), Royal Cemetery at Ur, British Museum. 1

The lyre, a yoked instrument with strings running from a single point at the base of a resonating body to a crossbar, plucked by fingers or plectrum. Formally associated with the Greeks and the myth of Hermes (who was said to have fashioned it from a tortoise shell) but having antecedents in Egypt (with its origin attributed to Thoth), as well as variants from the East and across the globe.

The lyres of Ur, excavated from an old grave in the city of Ur, 1929, are three of the oldest examples of the instrument.

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Reconstructed Trossingen Lyre, performed by Corwen Broch. 2
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The Sumerian Silver Lyre. 3

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed.  "The Queen’s Lyre and Silver Lyre from the Royal Cemetery at UR, Southern Mesopotamia, Iraq."  Photograph.  Original in the British Museum, London.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 8 Aug. 2015.  Web.  5 Oct. 2015.  CC BY-SA 4.0
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KateCorwen.  "Trossingen Lyre (6th Century Germanic Lyre)."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 16 Oct. 2010.  Web.  16 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
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Pringle, Peter.  "The Sumerian Silver Lyre."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 6 June 2013.  Web.  16 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
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