Cittern

Name: Cittern.
Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lutes > Citole.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
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Country: Many.
Region: North America.

Description: The cittern or cithren [Fr. cistre, It. cetra, Ger. Cister, Sp. cistro, cedra, cítola] is a stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance. Modern scholars debate its exact history, but it is generally accepted that it is descended from the Medieval citole [or cytole].

The cittern almost resembles a flat back mandolin and the modern day Irish Bouzouki. It is descended from the English guitar. Played by all classes, the cittern was a premier instrument of casual music-making much as is the guitar today.

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