Jun. 14, 2016
Fraternal Organ Playing, Part VI
(con't from Part V)
In each state jurisdiction or province, the jewel of office worn by fraternal musicians (photo) typically consists of a Grecian lyre surrounded by a wreath.
The Grecian lyre, an instrument from antiquity, has a beautiful harp-like sound and may have been used to provide incidental music as far back as Greek and Roman drama, though evidence is lacking.
Incidental music can be dated with certainty at least as far back as 16th century English theatre, where songs performed on other instruments were used to connect together the acts of plays, a fact no "lyre" can lie about or dispute.