Definition and background:
An instrument popular during the Renaissance (c. 1500-1700) which evolved from the citole. The cittern was a plucked string instrument related to the lute, with a lute -shaped front soundboard, but with a flat back and longer neck. There were more frets on the cittern than on the lute (the cittern having 18-19 frets), and the cittern's four to six courses of strings were made of wire rather than gut. Cittern
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