Theorbo Information Page
by Lynda Sayce
definitions and illustrations of the theorbo.
some information on surviving historical theorbos.
some advice and sources of information for those wishing to use or learn
part of the site is still under construction. Adding information on
historical instruments, in particular, is likely to be a long-term project.
Please call again to see what's new!
on historical theorbos
is a theorbo? Click here for
a more detailed essay on the history of the theorbo, click here.
details of some surviving early Italian theorbos by Dieffopruchar, Buchenberg,
Graill, and other makers, click here.
details of museums housing original theorbos click here.
Information for Music Directors
you are considering booking a theorbo for your concert, but are not
sure how to use it, where to put it on stage, or what music to send
the player, click here for answers to
some of the commonest questions.
information for players
answers to some frequently asked questions about the theorbo - sizes,
tunings, stringing, etc - click here.
a more extended discussion of theorbo sizes, and especially the implications
and problems of playing big theorbos, click here.
For information on my new travel theorbo, click here.
advice on finding theorbo makers, second-hand instruments, or construction
plans to build a theorbo, click here.
links to publishers of theorbo music click here.
a catalogue of modern music including theorbo, click here.
This is work in progress, and is currently in its very early stages.
Any further information is welcome, from composers, players or publishers.
and feeding of the theorbo. Click on the links below for maintenance
Humidity, temperature, weather protection
Cases and transportation
- Changing frets
Selecting strings. Coming soon!
Sticky or slipping pegs
Danger signs: when your theorbo needs professional
Information for Composers
here for information on the theorbo's musical
capabilities, compositional possibilities, and the notation of theorbo