Hi Damien,

I hope this works.  I attach a photo of a postcard sent me some ten
years ago from Crete by Patrick Delaval.  It seems to be evidence that
citterns were at least still a folk-memory, even if not still in use.

Best wishes,

On 28 Nov 2008, at 20:13, Damien Delgrossi wrote:

> Dear all,
> Two weeks ago I spent some good times with a Cretan group who was on
> tour in Corsica. They played many Cretan and Greek flutes, Laouto
> (Cretan wire-strung lute similar to italian mandoloncello), Bulgari
> (built by ning member Dimitris Rapakousios), Lavta (Constantinople
> Lute, more or less fretted arabic oud to explain it simply) etc etc...
> The plucked instruments player from Crete, Vangelis Tsagarakis, told
> me a very interesting thing : A long, long time ago Crete also had the
> "cetra". He told me that because I had my cetera with me and he said
> that they used to have exactly the same instrument on the island of
> Crete. I was wondering if they used to have the same 8 course cittern
> or the renaissance 4 or 6 course cittern, popular in Italy and Europe
> during the Renaissance and after. He told me that the cetra in Crete
> probably had 4 courses.
> So I have my own idea about this without any information nor sources
> except this oral one.
> Candia (the old name for Crete) was administrated, colonised and
> directed by the Venitian Republic after the taking of Constantinople
> by the crusaders from 1204 to 1669. The Venitian Republic held Crete
> for about 4 and a half centuries.
> I think that the cittern was in Crete because of this strong Italian
> influence.
> Does anybody have any information, sources or anything to say about
> this?
> Thanks,
> Damien
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