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Ciaccona, played on the tiorba

Posted by Tom Berghan


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Size: 3,200kb, uploaded 1/4/2010 10:40:53 PM
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Tom Berghan The tiorba is a very old and obscure Italian instrument in the lute family. It has 14 single strings made of gut. It was popular in the 17th century. Like a banjo, the tiorba has a reentrant tuning, and I think it has a sonority somewhat similar to an open back banjo. The piece is a dance called a Ciaccona. It was composed by a famous tiorba player named Johannes Kapsberger. His name is German but he lived and worked in Italy. There is a photo of my tiorba on my home page (Also known as theorbe, or theorbo)

11 comments on “Ciaccona, played on the tiorba”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 @7:39:41 AM

We ,liked this

BrittDLD1 Says:
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @7:52:38 AM

Hrmmph... mutter, mutter, mutter....
Needa find someone to break dis guy's fingas..
mutter, mutter.... He's tooo good.


Frailblazer Says:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @10:39:06 AM

Beautifully played. I don't know if you've heard of the archguitar or not. Check out Peter Blanchette I think you'll enjoy his music and specifically the instrument he plays.

- Ric

Tom Berghan Says:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @12:22:24 PM

Thanks Ric! I enjoyed looking at Peter's site. There are several instruments in the world that go under the name "Arch Guitar," but they all have lots of strings! And, I am from Seattle and the Pacific Northwest where the "Harp Guitar" was invented by Knutsen over a hundered years ago . . . and here in the Northwest the Harp Guitar has made a small comeback. If it has strings (few or many), a fingerboard, and is plucked with the fingers in some manner (up or down), then I love it!
Thanks again,

PS . . . you can find more of my lute and theorbo recordings at
(all free)

jbalch Says:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @5:03:46 PM

MAGNIFICENT! WOW...Thanks for posting it!

brokenstrings Says:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @8:33:43 PM

Very beautiful. Tiorba, not theorbo?

Tom Berghan Says:
Friday, March 12, 2010 @4:11:07 PM

Hi Jessica, "A rose by any other name smells just as sweet"
Tiorba is Italian. Theorbe is French, Theorbo is German. Take your pick! ;-)

Today most people in America do tend call it by its German name. But I tend to favor the Italian and French music myself. This piece is Italian, so I called the instrument by its Italian name. And my instrument is constructed in the Italian fashion.

jimh269b Says:
Monday, June 7, 2010 @5:31:12 PM

i think you could make music on a grapevine tom,just great

Dan Knowles Says:
Friday, January 21, 2011 @5:49:09 PM

Thanks for reminding to look here... this is so very nice!

DEmery Says:
Friday, January 21, 2011 @6:04:33 PM

Absolutely beautiful Tom. David E.

mwc9725e Says:
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @8:15:07 AM

A lovely piece, and a lovely-sounding instrument played extremely well. Sounds much like a classical guitar to me.

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