Definition of chitarrone in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other instruments that were derived from the lute are the archlute, the theorbo and the chitarrone.’
    • ‘(At the time, along with the cornetto, other instruments used might be chitarrones, cithers and sackbuts).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Examples of 19-course chitarrones have survived in Mantua and Paris.’
    • ‘Even before the use of steel strings on guitars became popular, some metal strings had been used for chemballos and some chitarrones.’
    • ‘Defining the differences between the chitarrone, theorbo and archlute has always been difficult.’
    • ‘It was a piece for two chitarrones, called L' Orfeo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chitarrone was a theorboized lute, meaning it had long bass strings off the fingerboard.’
    • ‘From Matteo Sellas a lot of chitarrones have been conserved.’
    • ‘The continuo instruments were suitably antique: there were chitarrones, Baroque guitars, an old-style harp, harpsichords and a chamber organ.’
    • ‘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.’


Italian, literally ‘large guitar’.