"Pipes or lyre, choral voice or sistrum rattle"


Homer playing the Lyre
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeHomer playing the Lyre - Credit: Urban

The lyre  is a stringed musical instrument well known for its use in classical antiquity and later. The recitations of the Ancient Greeks were accompanied by lyre playing. The lyre of Classical Antiquity was ordinarily played by being strummed with a plectrum, like a guitar or a zither, rather than being plucked, like a harp. The fingers of the free hand silenced the unwanted strings in the chord. The lyre is similar in appearance to a small harp, but with certain distinct differences.

Tabor pipe
Public DomainTabor pipe - Credit: U.S. federal government
The pipe describes a number of musical instruments, historically referring to perforated wind instruments.

A choir, chorale, or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral music, in turn, is the music written specifically for such an ensemble to perform.

Sistrum rattle
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSistrum rattle - Credit: Lalupa
A sistrum is a musical instrument of the percussion family, chiefly associated with ancient Iraq and Egypt. The sistrum was a sacred instrument in ancient Egypt. Perhaps originating in the worship of Bast, it was used in dances and religious ceremonies, particularly in the worship of the goddess Hathor.