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Description of the Cittern
Definition and description of the
Cittern: The Cittern can be described as being similar to a modern
guitar. Description: An instrument shaped like a lute, but strung with
wire and played with a quill or plectrum.
Family of Instruments: The
Cittern belongs to the family of String instruments.
Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Cittern, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Cittern.
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