The earliest musicians were gods. Athena was not talented in that aspect but she did invent the flue, though she never played upon it
There were few mortals who were excellent in their musical art that they could almost equal the divine performers
Of the mortals, by far the best was Orpheus. On his mothers side he was more than mortal
Orpheus was the son of one of the muses and a thracian prince. His mother gave him the gift of music.
The Tracian were the the most musical of the peoples of Greece, But Opheus had no rival there or anywhere except the gods alone
Orpheus met a woman he loved, her name was Eurydice.
They were married but their joy was brief. Directly after the wedding his bride walked through the feild with her bridesmaids, when she was stung by a viper and died.
Orpheus was full of grief and he could not endure it any longer, he decided he would go down to the world of death and bring Eurydice back.
With my song I will charm Demeter's daughter,I will charm the lord of the dead, Moving their hearts with my melody, I will bear her away from Hades
Thus Orpheus made it into the world of the dead, he retrieved his love but under one condition, that he not look back at her
But when leaving with his love, he could not resist looking back at her. So when he did he only saw a glimpse of her falling down deep into the underworld. He knew the gods would never allow him to reenter the under world, while he was alive