Sunday Synth Jam: Multi-instrumentalist Peter Pringle performs his arrangement of Sura’s Theme, from the Spartacus soundtrack, in his arrangement for theremin and Chelys.
Here’s what he has to say about the performance:
This music is “Sura’s Theme” from the television series, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. I am playing it on a Moog Etherwave Pro theremin, and a replica of an ancient Greek lyre known as the “chelys”.
According to Greek legend, this instrument was invented by the god Hermes, who took the shell of a tortoise and the horns of an antelope, stretched a skin over the shell then added some strings. He later gave the instrument to Orpheus.
The chelys in this video has 12 strings and is tuned to a diatonic scale.