Saturday, 6 November 2010

Theorbo

Quite by accident I found myself listening to yet more serene music played on a virtually extinct string instrument. In the last post it was the baryton: here it's the theorbo, played by the Swedish lutenist/guitarist Jonas Nordberg. Thanks to The Classical Guitar Blog for drawing my attention to it.

11 comments:

Elisabeth said...

What an extraordinary looking instrument, Dominic. Thanks for introducing it and the musician and his music to us.

John Hayes said...

Beautiful piece of music & an amazing instrument--talk about depth of sound! Tho the theorbo seems a much more complex instrument, it puts me in mind of the harp guitar, an instrument I myself have lusted after at various points in time.

Niamh B said...

You could take someone's eye out with that. Do they have no health and safety authority in Sweden?

e said...

Beautiful all round! I'd never heard of this instrument. Thanks for posting this.

The Weaver of Grass said...

In my Early Music days I knew several people who still played Theorbo - beautiful sound.

swiss said...

oh but that's beautiful.

doesn;t it take about two days to tune one of these!

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Stunning, both aurally and visually. Thank you so much for this, Dominic.

Kat Mortensen said...

Lovely rich sound the instrument has, Dominic. How on earth does one transport it? (Leave it to those wacky Scandinavians - must have been a Viking implement at one time.)

Kat

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic,
the poetry 2010 project (which you instigated) is now complete. It prints to 12 pages.
Many thanks,
gwilym

A Cuban In London said...

It's not just the fact that it's been well played, but also that it's a beautifully made instrument. Many thanks. I'd never seen the theorbo, hope to see more of it from now onwards.

Greetings from London.

Jingle Poetry said...

love music, thus love what you do.