Meaning of chitarrone in English:



  • A very large lute similar to a theorbo, used in Italy in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

    ‘The archlute and the chitarrone or theorbo had, in addition to the strings on the fingerboard, open bass strings on an extended neck with a second pegbox.’
    • ‘He has crafted Renaissance and baroque lutes, theorbos, chitarrones, archlutes, and classical guitars.’
    • ‘Defining the differences between the chitarrone, theorbo and archlute has always been difficult.’
    • ‘The chitarrone was a theorboized lute, meaning it had long bass strings off the fingerboard.’
    • ‘Other instruments that were derived from the lute are the archlute, the theorbo and the chitarrone.’
    • ‘Of 220 collections of secular vocal music published in Italy between 1602 and 1635, more than 100 specify the chitarrone as a suitable accompanying instrument.’
    • ‘Examples of 19-course chitarrones have survived in Mantua and Paris.’
    • ‘Mastering the cornetto and other early instruments such as chitarrones, cithers and sackbuts is just one of the challenges facing Pinchgut Opera as it prepares to stage Monteverdi's Orfeo.’
    • ‘It was a piece for two chitarrones, called L' Orfeo.’
    • ‘In 1600 Agostino Agazzari described the enormous palette of instrumental color - including lutes, chitarrones, keyboards and lirones - necessary for the effective realization of an accompaniment.’
    • ‘From Matteo Sellas a lot of chitarrones have been conserved.’
    • ‘(At the time, along with the cornetto, other instruments used might be chitarrones, cithers and sackbuts).’
    • ‘And it is truly lovely to listen to: soprano Catherine Bott, a widely recognized interpreter of early vocal music, is accompanied by harpsichord, baroque guitar, double harp, and chitarrone.’
    • ‘What is exciting about this new group is its makeup of violins and violas da gamba - a rather unusual one - with a background of lirone, chitarrone, Baroque guitar, harpsichord and organ.’
    • ‘Even before the use of steel strings on guitars became popular, some metal strings had been used for chemballos and some chitarrones.’
    • ‘The continuo instruments were suitably antique: there were chitarrones, Baroque guitars, an old-style harp, harpsichords and a chamber organ.’
    • ‘The image shows a close copy of the Dieffopruchar 1608 chitarrone by David Van Edwards, and is shown next to a normal G lute to indicate the huge size of this instrument.’



/ˌkɪtəˈrəʊneɪ/ /ˌkɪtəˈrəʊni/


Italian, literally ‘large guitar’.