One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large lute with the neck extended to carry several long bass strings, used for accompaniment in 17th and early 18th century music.
- ‘A young woman wearing a beautiful satin dress with an orange-red jacket stands to greet him while another woman sits at a table playing a theorbo, a musical instrument.’
- ‘The instrumental accompaniment is improvisatory, earthy and ingenious: lute, theorbo, guitar and harp continuo, plus up to a trio of violins, viola da gamba, a cornet and a gentle sprinkling of percussion.’
- ‘The theorbo, lute, and guitar are particularly prominent.’
- ‘They had a top-notch instrumental group on hand - string quartet, theorbo, organ - to enliven the composer's imaginative backcloths.’
- ‘The dozen instrumentalists are busy with recorder, flute, viols, theorbo, harpsichord and organ.’
- ‘Four solo motets and one ensemble piece are included on this disc, accompanied by theorbo and cello (the instrumental playing is exquisite - affectionate and laid back).’
- ‘In both the concertos and cantatas, the continuo consists of harpsichord, cello, and theorbo.’
- ‘The concert finished well with the viol and theorbo providing good support.’
- ‘Nigel North accompanies suitably on lute, theorbo or guitar.’
- ‘Rather than a mere continuo accompaniment, the soprano Karolina Gorgol was here supported by a luscious ensemble of three strings (no viola), theorbo and guitar, harpsichord and an obligato viola da gamba, played by Ibi Aziz.’
- ‘A harpsichord and a lute-like theorbo serve as continuo.’
Early 17th century: from Italian tiorba, of unknown origin.
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