Sura’s Theme From Spartacus, For Theremin & Chelys

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.

via copperleaves

3 thoughts on “Sura’s Theme From Spartacus, For Theremin & Chelys

  1. I haven’t missed one episode of Spartacus, and despite being so acclimated to the original arrangement, i find this one much more favorable. It is beautiful and delicate and so welcoming to hear the dynamics as opposed to the squashed mix squeezed through the network. The theremin seems like an impossible instrument to play, so respect to your dexterity as well as your imagination sir.

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