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Rare instrument to feature in afternoon of baroque music

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An afternoon of baroque music from five musicians will be held at St Martin’s Church in Mullumbimby at 3pm on Sunday.

The musicians will play their sonatas on not only baroque violins and cello, but also a theorbo, which was the forerunner of the lute, along with a baroque recorder in brilliant.

Organisers said that while most music lovers would have heard baroque violins and cellos, as well as recorders, the theorbo, used to support the bass line in baroque ensembles, was rare.

‘The large size of the theorbo, coupled with its very long neck, make it one of the most visually distinctive instruments ever made,’ organisers said.

‘The long single bass strings give a powerful bass register, providing superb continuo support ensembles.’

The afternoon will feature the music of composers such as Leclair, Merula, Scarlatti, Van Eycke, Telemann, Boismortier, Vivaldi and Handel.

Bridget Crouch and Wayne Brennan will be playing baroque violins, Patricia McMeekin on baroque cello, Joseph Meyers on theorbo and Sarah Meagher on recorder. They will play as an ensemble and as soloists.

All are highly trained, experienced musicians, whose study and performances have taken them around the world.

Tickets at door only $25, $20 Members, $10 children.

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  1. Your illustration of the ‘theorbo’ is actually an arch-lute/chitarroni, a type of late 16th/17th century lute (not a forerunner of the earlier more familiar instrument). The theorbo has canted neck shorter than the arch-lute. The regular lute has the shortest neck. You may wish to google or wikipedia etc. for more information


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