Dear all pluckers, > The guitar does feature in the Florentine Intermedii. It is just possible > that it was used in Landi's opera Sant Alessio as this includes a duet for > the two humourous characters which is also included in one of Landi's song > books with alfabeto.
Perhaps it is not commonly known that the "Avvertimento" to the "Rappresetatione di Anima, et di Corpo" by Emilio Cavallieri 1600, says: "Il Piacere con li due compagni, sara bene, che habbiano stromenti in mano suonando mentre loro cantano , & suonino i loro Ritornelli. Uno puotrà havere un Chitarone, l'altro una Chitarina alla Spagnuola, [...]" I try to translate: "Il Piacere (The Lust?, one of the characters) with his two companions, who have instruments in their hands, would play, when they are singing and playing their Ritornellos. One should have a chitarrone, the other a chitarrina Spagnola, [...]" All the best Arto To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html