[kee-tuh-roh-ney; Italian kee-tahr-raw-ne]
- an early musical stringed instrument of the lute family with a long neck and two pegboxes, one above the other.
Origin of chitarrone
1730–40; < Italian, augmentative of chitarra < Greek kithára lyre
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Examples from the Web for chitarrone
Monteverde employed still another variety of the lute in his orchestra, called the Chitarrone, whence our word guitar.
The orchestra consisted of one lira doppia, one clavicembalo, one chitarrone and two flutes.
The chitarrone was used in the orchestra, assisting at dramatic performances as well as in church music.
The chitarrone was formerly called Roman theorbo, because it was principally used at Rome.
A chitarrone, with marquetry and three ornamented sound-holes; made by M. Bueckenberg, in Rome, anno 1614.
- a large lute with a double neck in common use during the baroque period, esp in Italy
Italian, from chitarra, from Greek kithara lyre
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