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The Music Room in Early Modern France and ItalySound, Space and Object$
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Deborah Howard and Laura Moretti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265055

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.001.0001

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The Lute: An Instrument for All Seasons

The Lute: An Instrument for All Seasons

(p.145) 8 The Lute: An Instrument for All Seasons
The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy


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During the sixteenth century in Italy, the lute became the most important musical instrument in secular settings, whether as a solo instrument or for voice accompaniments and ensembles. By the early seventeenth century, the growth of monody encouraged the addition of neck extensions to strengthen the bass lines, eventually leading to the introduction of the theorbo or chitarrone. While these larger instruments became popular in theatres and even churches, the traditional lute, with an increased number of courses, remained the pre-eminent solo instrument within smaller, more intimate spaces, especially in France.

Keywords:   lute, theorbo, chitarrone, lute-making, domestic interior, music rooms, France, Italy

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