Chitarra Italiana

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Chitarra Italiana
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Chitarra Italiana is a lute-shaped plucked instrument with 4 or 5 single (sometimes double) strings, in a tuning similar to that of guitar. It was common in Italy during the Renaissance Era.

It is believed to have descended from Panduras, the Mediterranean lutes of Antiquity, and to be related to north African Quitra (or Kitra).

Its bass variety was known as Chitarrone.

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  • • Da "chitarra italiana" a "chitarrone": una nuova interpretazione, in Enrico Radesca da Foggia, atti del convegno, a cura di Francesca Seller, Lucca, LIM, 2001, pp. 37-57.