In einer eMail vom 29.06.2008 11:32:38 Westeuropaische Normalzeit schreibt  

But  yesterday a musician from Puerto Rico wrote on the a 
very  interesting page about cittern in Spain etc... I copy it to you  :

If you go by Anthoy Baines instrument dictionary, 1992 its  listed: cittern 
Citara comes from the french word <  citre > (Waldbauer). It chabges to 
citara in SpainAn aprox. time would  be the 16c. There are a number of string 
instruments with similar names  but they are different instruments. <snip>

Very interesting - but what does this tell us?
That the idea of a flat-backed, fretted instrument with double wire courses  
is a very old one, and is very widespread. And that the few basic instrument  
names are used pretty arbitrarily in their various national-language forms. 
And  that the tunings vary (probably with the style of music) from time to time 
and  from place to place. 
Didn't we already know this?



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