Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A most unusual instrument!


European Plucked String Instrument
The archlute is a European plucked string instrument developed around 1600 as a compromise between the very large theorbo, the size and re-entrant tuning of which made for difficulties in the performance of solo music, and the Renaissance tenor lute, which lacked the bass range of the theorbo. Essentially a tenor lute with the theorbo's neck-extension, the archlute lacks the power in the tenor and the bass that the theorbo's large body and typically greater string length provide.



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    1. I had never heard of it before either, Gorges, - but playing Bach on it makes it sound even better!