Mudcat Café message #697610 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46928   Message #697610
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
24-Apr-02 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: So, what became of the lyre?
Subject: RE: So, what became of the lyre?
What distinguishes the lyre from the harp is that the number of notes is very much smaller, so the possibility of playing melody as such is very much restricted.

You still get lyres in African music. And essentially the thumb piano, though it doesn't look much like a lyre, is a sort of lyre. The point being that there are just a few notes which can be played in a pattern.