The following is a collection of audio files in MP3 format that feature the cittern. Each file may be downloaded and played on any standard MP3 player. Please note that links are provided if you are interested in purchasing the album from which the track was taken.
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Cittern is featured in three tracks on this album. While the album is 11 tracks long, it is conceived of as one continuous track with each small track being comprised of numerous shorter pieces in original arrangments by Pantagruel. This track is a clip from Track 8.
This piece is written for and played on the 18th-century wire-strung 'guittar', sometimes refered to as an 18th-century cittern or an English Guitar. The first tutor for it was published in Edinburgh by Robert Bremner in 1758, and is full of traditional tunes. James Oswald (a Scot abroad in London) published these divertimenti (short pieces full of contrast) in 1759.