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 the guitar. It was common in Italy during the Renaissance Era. According to Renato Meucci, the designation of 'Italiana' followed the introduction to Italy of the flat-backed development of the instrument - referred to as chitarra alla spagnola (literally 'Spanish guitar'); to distinguish between the two versions. 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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  • Renato Meucci. Francesca Seller ed, ed. "Da "chitarra italiana" a "chitarrone": una nuova interpretazione". Enrico Radesca di Foggia e il suo tempo; Atti del Convegno di studi, 7-8 Aprile 2000. Strumenti della ricerca musicale collana della Società Italiana di Musicologia 5 (Lucca, Italy: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2001): 37–57. 
    • The theorboed guitar - the Chitarrone Francese ?, "11. Renaissance and Baroque guitars". Catalogue and Price List 2014. London: Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris, Lutemakers. 
      "Roberto Meucci recently wrote about small lutes, revealing that in Italy they were called chitarra, so as not to confuse them with the chitarra alla spagnola. Sources from the early 18th Century also declare that the chitarra italiana or chitarrino is in reality a small lute."