In recent decades it has become increasingly common to see long-necked, giraffe-like instruments in ensembles and orchestras performing 17th and 18th century music. These plucked instruments are commonly referred to as theorbos and have their origin in northern Italy where this type of lute initially had two names: tiorba and chitarrone. With this recording I aim to show the inventiveness and the beauty of Italian solo repertoire for this instrument. I also wish to dispel the notion that large theorbos of historical dimensions are unsuitable to use in performance. The music is from the first half of the 17th century by A. Piccinini, G.G. Kapsperger and B. Castaldi.