by Dominic McGonigal
Theorbo Chaser is a rarity - a theorbo duet. Perhaps rarer still, the melody is a canon in the bass. The theorbo has beautiful resonant bass strings and Theorbo Chaser exploits this resonance with delicate colour in the upper strings. The canon is at the second so the melody appears to be climbing on itself as each theorbo comes in above the other. Thus the harmony emerges from the melody, rising up to the colourful treble strings and then settling back to a bass ostinato, when the two instruments become one.