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(thēôr`bō), large lutelute,
musical instrument that has a half-pear-shaped body, a fretted neck, and a variable number of strings, which are plucked with the fingers. The long lute, with its neck much longer than its body, seems to have been older than the short lute, existing very early in the
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 of the baroque period. It had an extra set of bass strings, not stopped on a fingerboard as the regular set are but plucked as open strings. These made it more suitable for playing baroque music than was the lute. It originated in the late 16th cent. and survived until the end of the 18th cent. Its name was also spelled theorbe, theorboe, or tiorba.



a plucked musical instrument; a bass lute. Theorbos vary in the number of strings provided; in the 18th century, 12 paired and two single strings were used. The theorbo was used from the 16th to the 18th century to accompany vocal performances and as the bass instrument in ensembles.

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A theorbo is an obselete form of which musical instrument?
I spied a harpsichord nestling in the pit and there was also a Theorbo (a base Lute, apparently).
In 1707, for example, the coro was made up of thirteen active vocalists, (five sopranos, four contraltos, three tenors, and a bass), and sixteen instrumentalists (five first-violinists, two violists, four cellists, one doublebass player, one theorbo (16) and three organists) (Baldauf-Berdes 236).
By the Baroque period it had developed larger and larger variants, which culminated in the sitar-like theorbo.
of this instance for teaching mi Ladi Bayning to singe xl s' and purchased 'A Theorbo for Mr Willson to play with nan as she singes.
14) Para una mayor descripcion de esos instrumentos, refierase a: Robert Spencer, "Chitarrone, Theorbo and Archlute"(Early Music, vol 4, No.
Of particular interest is Batschmann's discussion of images of artists as musicians, from the famous group of music-making Venetian painters found in Veronese's Marriage Feast at Cana to a lesser-known engraving by Domenico Gandini, an example of nineteenth-century historicism that depicts Albrecht Duter in the company of Giorgione, who plucks a theorbo.
The accompanying ensemble consisted of Suzanne Stumpf, traverso (forerunner of the flute); Christina Day Martinson and Hilary Walther Cumming, violins; Daniel Ryan, cello; Olav Chris Henriksen, Baroque guitar and theorbo, Nancy Hurrell, Spanish harp, and Michael Bahmann, harpsichord.
The group, led by Merseyside-born violinist Adrian Chandler, comprised cellist Gareth Deats, harpsichordist Joseph McHardy and theorbo player Eligio Quinteiro.
Bach's most significant influences were these German speaking, mostly Lutheran composers, little known today but often immensely famous in their own day, who developed an identifiable German baroque style," says Arioso musical director Martyn Hodgson, who plays the theorbo, a large, lute-like, plucked string instrument.
In Singende Rosen, on the other hand, the settings for solo voice and bass continuo are by Philipp Stolle (1614-75), a virtuoso player of the theorbo (a type of lute) who knew Schirmer in Dresden, had worked with Schutz, and went on to contribute to the cultivation of opera at the court in Halle.
Accompanied by a variety of instruments (including such unfamiliar instruments as the theorbo, glass armonica, and balaphone), the vocalists generally sing and articulate nicely.