Recordings

Last updated Thursday, June 21, 2012.

The following is a list of recordings that feature the Renaissance cittern, bandora, and/or orpharion. While references to albums that use these instruments in consort are included, the listing of individual tracks of an album is meant to indicate a prominent or unique use of the instrument. All entries are listed alphabetically by performer or ensemble. Editorial remarks or descriptions are attributed to their contributors by the following initials:

  • A.E. = Atsushi Ebihara A.H. = Andrew Hartig K.McD. = Kevin McDermott
  • P.F. = Peter Forrester

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of Kevin McDermott, Peter Forrester, and Atsushi Ebihara, without whom this page would be half of what it is.

If you would like to make a contribution or correction to this list — or if you are a performer and would like a link added to your album — please contact me.


Title Ensemble / Performer Publisher / Catalog # Description/Editorial Remarks Notes
On the Banks of the Helicon: Early Music of Scotland The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1990. DOR-90139 Contains great works for broken consort with some good cittern introductions played by Mark Cudek.
-A.H.
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Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1991. DOR-90142 Mark Cudek, cittern; Howard Bass, bandora.
-A.H.
13. The Quadro Pavin (bandora solo followed by treble and bass viol divisions)
14. Singers Jig (bandora solo)
15. Grimstock (bandora solo followed by cittern solo followed by consort version)
18. Pavane Quadro and Galliard (cittern solos)
The Art of the Bawdy Songs The Baltimore Consort DORIAN 1992. DOR-90155 Mark Cudek plays a 4-course cittern by Christopher Stetson in Playford dances
-A.E.
1. Aniseed Robin
2. Cuckolds all a-row
6. Cold and Raw
18. Argeers
La Roque'n'Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1993. DOR-90177 More great works for broken consort, plus pieces played by Mark Cudek on cittern.
-A.H.
3. Branle Double (cittern and flute)
6. Mignonne, allons voir si la rose (cittern and soprano)
Bright Day Star - Music for the Yuletide Season The Baltimore Consort The Baltimore Consort
DORIAN 1994. DOR-90198
Mark Cudek plays a 4-course cittern by Christopher Stetson, and bandora (maker not listed) in consort
-A.E.
1. Ding Dong Merrily (fife, lute, cittern and viols)
2. The old year now away is fled (voice, lute, flute, cittern and viols)
3. Christmas day in da mornin' (lute, flute, cittern and viols)
4. The cherry tree carols (voice, lute, cittern and viol)
6. The Wren Song (voice, whistle, recorder, rebec, lute and cittern)
8. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (voice, flute, cittern, lute and viol)
11. A Christmas Jig (rebec, flute, bandora, lute and viol)
15. Drive the cold winter away (bandora, lute, flute and viols)
16. Remember O thou man (voice, bandora, lute and viols)
20. The Shropshire Wakes, or, Hey for Christmas! (voice, fife, rebec, cittern, lute and viol)
A Trip to Killburn: Playford Tunes and their Ballads The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1996. DOR-90238 Contains Mark Cudek's own superb variation on John Come Kiss Me Now in addition to great use of the cittern in consort.
-A.H.
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Tunes from the Attic The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1997. DOR-90235 Mostly consort works.
-A.H.
11. Come Love, Let's Walk (for soprano and cittern)
The Ladyes Delight The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1998. DOR-90252 Contains more great consort music with the other metal-strung pieces by Mark Cudek, cittern; William Simms, bandora.
-A.H.
1. A Jigge ye Firste (bandora solo followed by consort version)
2. Chi Passa (lute, cittern, bandora)
7. The Darke is my Delight (soprano, flute, cittern)
15. The Queens Treble (lute, cittern, bandora)
20. Light o' Love (cittern solo)
The Mad Buckgoat The Baltimore Consort Dorian, 1999. DOR-90279

A completely unhistorical, modern-Irish folk influenced tear through Irish traditional music preserved in largely 19th C collections, but included for completeness' sake. For what it's worth, the wire instruments appear in almost every track. Mark Cudek plays 4-course citterns by Chris Stetson and Frank-Peter Dietrich; Cudek and Ronn McFarlane play a bandora by Lyn Elder rebuilt by Ed Greenhood.
-K.McD.

(Editor's note: The information on the liner notes indicate that the bandora was built by Lyn Elder and rebuilt by Ed Greenhood: This may be incorrect. According to Ed Greenhood, the bandora was built entirely by him and incorrectly attributed to Lyn Elder.
-A.H. )

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Adew Dundee - Early Music of Scotland The Baltimore Consort DORIAN 2003. DOR-90314 Mark Cudek plays 4-course cittern by Christopher Stetson; Ronn McFarlane plays bandora.
-A.E.
9. Blew breiks (cittern with lute?)
17. Suit siling Katie loves me (cittern solo)
the cittern in consort also on many tracks
Daniel Benko on Seven Instruments Daniel Benko HUNGAROTON 1992. HCD31479 Daniel Benko plays orpharion and bandora.
-A.E.
8. Melancholy galliard [Dowland] (orpharion solo)
9. My Ladu Hunsdons Allmande [Dowland] (orpharion solo)
16. Monicella mi farei [from Bottegari Lute Book] (bandora solo)
Popular Tunes in 17th Century England The Broadside Band Harmonia Mundi, 1980. HMA 1901039 George Weigand plays cittern.
-K.McD.
6. Cuckolds All in a Row. (in consort)
17. Chi passa. (cittern solo with bass viol)
28. Kettle Drum. (pochette accompanied by cittern)
The Beggar's Opera: Original songs and airs The Broadside Band Harmonia Mundi, 1982. HMC 901071 George Weigand plays 4c. "baroque cittern" by Käre Bröder (C.M. Bellman).
-K.McD.
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John Playford's Popular Tunes The Broadside Band Amon Ra, 1987. CD-SAR 28 George Weigand plays cittern and archcittern.
-K.McD.
7. Paul's Steeple. (violin, archcittern, bass viol)
8. The Lady Nevils Delight; The Whisk; A new Rigaudon. (cittern solos with bass viol: the first two from Playford's Musick's Delight on the Cithren, 1666, the third Weigand's arrangment from Playford's The Dancing Master, 1690)
10. Mr. Lane's Minuet. (archcittern solo)
Revels for 1588 The Broadside Band Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society 1988. DHDS-CD1988.1 George Weigand plays cittern and arch-cittern.
-A.E.
4. La battaglia [Negri] (violin, fife, arch-cittern and viol)
15. Row well ye marriners [Playford] (violin, recorder, cittern, lute and viol)
16. Peppers black [Playford] (violin, recorder, cittern, lute and viol)
English Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master, 1651-1703 The Broadside Band Saydisc, 1991. CD-SDL 393 George Weigand plays cittern.
-K.McD.
5. Picking of sticks. (violin, recorder, cittern, bass viol)
10. Jameko. (pipe & tabor, violin, cittern, bass viol)
20. Portsmouth. (violin, cittern, bass viol)
Songs & Dances from Shakespeare The Broadside Band Saydisc, 1995. CD-SDL 409 George Weigand plays cittern, archcittern, and orpharion.
-K.McD.
6. Sellengers Round. (cittern in consort)
15. O sweet Oliver. (song: cittern in consort)
21. Bergamasca. (recorder and cittern)
22. Q[ueen] M[ary's] Dumpe. (bass viol and orpharion)
26. Come live with me. (song: tenor voice, orpharion, bass viol)
27. There dwelt a man in Babylon. (song: soprano voice, cittern, bass viol)
29. Fortune my foe. (song: tenor voice, orpharion, bass viol)
Danses Populaires Francaises
Thoinot Arbeau, Orchesographie, 1588
The Broadside Band harmonia mundi FRANCE 1999. HMA1901152 (rec. 1982-84) George Weigand plays cittern on dances from Arbeau's Orchesographie (1588) and Playford's "English Dancing Master" (1651).
-A.E.
2b. Branle couppe: Pinagay (recorder, violin, cittern and viol)
2c. Branle couppe: Charlotte (recorder, violin, cittern and viol)
5c. Branle: Triory (de Bretagne) (flageolet, rebec, cittern, hurdy gurdy and percussion)
6c. Branle de chevaulx (recorder, violin, cittern, hurdy gurdy and percussion)
8b. Branle de l'Official (recorder, violin, cittern, hurdy gurdy and percussion)
9b. Canaries (pipe and tabor with cittern)
9c. Les Bouffons (pipe and tabor, violin, cittern, viol and percussion)
10. Grimstock (recorder, violin, cittern and viol)
12. The Spanish gipsy (pipe and tabor, cittern, violin and viol)
13. Rufty tufty (cittern with viol)
Il Ballarino - Italian Dances c.1600 The Broadside Band helios 2000. CDH55059 (rec. 1986) George Weigand plays cittern.
-A.E.
1. Cascarda allegrezza d'Amore (flute, violin, cittern and viol)
Dances of Court and Country from the time of Elizabeth I and James I The Broadside Band Classical Communications 2003. CCL CD858 Arngeir Hauksson plays cittern.
-A.E.
The cittern appears at least in the following tracks with recorder, violin, bagpipes and hurdy gurdy.
3. Mill-field; Sellenger's round; Halfe hannikin
5. Branle couppe: Pinagay
6. Branle de l'Official
Sixteenth Century Music - The Muses' Garden for Delights The Camerata of London SAGA 1993. EC3392-2 (rec. 1977) George Weigand plays cittern.
-A.E.
1. Non e tempo d'aspettare (voice, lute, cittern and viols)
13. Ein welscher tantz Wascha mesa (recorder, cittern and viol)
Popular Music from the time of Queen Elizabeth I The Camerata of London SAGA 1994. EC3352-2 George Weigand plays cittern and bandora.
-A.E.
5. Wilson's wilde (crumhorn, lute, citern and viol)
10. Can she excuse my wrongs? (voice, lute, cittern and viol)
14. There is a garden in her face (voice, bandora and viol)
17. Watkins ale (recorder, lute, cittern and viol)
Souterliedekens: 16th century secular songs and psalm settings from the Netherlands Camerata Trajectina Globe, 1994. GLO 6020 Louis Peter Grijp plays cittern.
-K.McD.
8. Vier Dansliedekens, Psalms 132, 124, 133, 135. (cittern solo with viols)
10. Een liedt eerbaer van de liefste claer. (song: soprano voice; cittern solo with viols)
16. Doen Hanseleijn over de heyde reed. (song: 2 voices; recorder, cittern and bass viol)
18. Het reghende seer ende ick worde nat. (song: bass voice; cittern solo with viols)
21. Entre du fol-Le joly boys-Den VII ronde, Il estoit une fillette-den hoboecken dans-La morisque. (in consort)
Genade ende Vrede: 16th and 17th century Mennonite music from the Netherlands Camerata Trajectina Globe, 1995. 2-CD set. GLO 6038 Louis Peter Grijp plays cittern. Both tracks appear on the second CD.
-K.McD.
5. Als David Joris om de Schat. (song: soprano voice, recorder, cittern, and bass viol)
10. De Heer sal die bewaren. (song: tenor voice, cittern, bass viol)
Jan Steen, Schilder en verteller: Jan Steen, painter and storyteller. Camerata Trajectina Globe, 1996. GLO 6040 An overview of 17th century low-country, mostly amateur, music-making based on ensembles depicted in Steen's paintings. Louis Peter Grijp plays cittern.
-K.McD.
2. Liefve Kyeren wat en deun? (song: two soprano voices, cittern, bass viol)
10. Nu Heereman, nu Jong-gesel. (song: soprano & tenor voices, cittern, bass viol)
22. Wat is het Licke, Licke Potje. song: tenor & 3 soprano voices, transverse flute, cittern, bass viol)
34. Wilhelmus. (cittern solo from Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck, 1626)
35. 's Nachts doen een blauw gestarde kleet. (cittern solo from Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck, 1626)
37. Almande Nonette, of: Une jeusne fillette (cittern solo from Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck, 1626)
38. Courante Si cest pour mon pucellage. (cittern solo from Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck, 1626)
47. Och Haesje, men schat (song: tenor voice, violin, cittern, bass viol)
Maastrichts Liedboek: Maastricht Songbook, 1554 Camerata Trajectina Globe, 1999. GLO 6046 Louis Peter Grijp plays cittern.
-K.McD.
9. De Post-Almande damours-La basse gaillarde. (cittern solo; cittern with recorder and bass viol)
10. Een bier, een bierenbroyken. (song: 4 voices, cittern, 2 viols)
16. Pavane des dieux/Gaillarde des dieux. (recorder, cittern, bass viol)
22. Premier Bransle Commune-2. Bransle-Almande-Bransle de poytou legier. (recorder, cittern, bass viol)
De Vrede van Munster - Politieke Muziek uit de 80-jarige Oorlog Camerata Trajectina GLOBE 1998. GLO 6048 Louis Peter Grijp plays cittern.
-A.E.
2. Nu drijven wy den Paus heraus (voices, rommelpot, cittern, drum)
7. Maximiianus de Bossu (voice, cittern, viol)
9. Hoe die Spaenische Hoeren comen klagen (voices, cittern, fiddle)
12. Segt ghy Berghsche Soldaten [Tedescha] (voices, recorder, cittern, drum)
18. Waarom zijt ghy soo langhen tidjt? (voice, cittern, viol)
20. Wilt heden nu treden; Merck toch hoe sterck; O Heer, die daer des hemels tente spreyt (cittern solo from "Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck" by Valerius, 1626)
22. Een nieu Liedeken van Graeff Jan de Mossel Man (voices, recorder, cittern, viol)
Songs and Dances from Flanders Capella Sancti Michaelis eufoda 1993. 1163 Philippe Malfeyt plays cittern.
-A.E.
16. Almande; Almande courante [Phalese, 1571] (recorders, cornett, sackbut and cittern)
The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book - Transcriptions for a mixed consort charivari agreable Signum 1999. SIGCD009 Jacob Heringman plays 4-course cittern by S. Barber, late 16th-century style in broken consort.
-A.E.
12. The King's hunt
18. Gipseis round
New Fashions: Cries & Ballads of London Circa 1500 CRD, 1992. CRD 3487 Lee Santana plays a cittern by Peter Forrester, 1986.
-K.McD.
4. Grimstock. (in consort)
5. The voyce of the ghost. (cittern solo from Holborne's The Cittharn Schoole, 1597)
19. The Queen's almaine/Old almaine. (cittern solo from Holborne's The Cittharn Schoole, 1597)
20. Sellingers rownde. (in consort)
A Handefull of Pleasant Delites: Elizabethan Ballads & Dances Circa 1500 ASV Gaudeamus, 1997. CD GAU 163 Jacob Heringman plays a 4-course English cittern by Stephen Barber, 1994.
-K.McD.
18. Our Father Which in Heaven Art. (in consort; setting from Alison, Psalmes of David in Meter, 1599)
24. Maid Will You Marrie?, to the Blacke almaine (in consort)
"How the World Wags:" Social music for a 17th century Englishman The City Waites Hyperion, 1986. CDA 66008 Douglas Wootton plays a "tenor cittern," perhaps made by Nicholas Hayley.
-K.McD.
1. Jamaica; or, the Jovial Broom Man. (song: in consort)
4. The Saint Turned Sinner, or the Dissenting Parson's Text under the Quaker's Petticoats. (song: in consort)
16. Tomorrow the Fox will come to Town. (song: in consort)
DON QUIXOTE - The Musical The City Waites MUSICA OSCURA 1995. 070973 Douglas Wootton and Robin Jeffrey play cittern.
-A.E.
CD 1
9. The barber's song (voice with cittern)
CD 2
15. Theresa was a sweet (voices, lute, cittern and bassoon)
Music of The Stuart Age The City Waites Soundalive 1995. SAMMT/CD/105 The cittern appears in most of the tracks of Playford dances, but the player is not specified — probably Lucie Skeaping and/or Robin Jeffrey.
-A.E.
2. The chirping of the lark (regal, lute, cittern, violin, recorder and violone)
4. Parson's farewell (cittern, violin, lute, recorder, violone and Morris bells)
5. Newcastle (curtal, cittern, lute, recorder, violin and violone)
7. Tomorrow the Fox will come to towne (rebec, cittern, lute, violone, shawm, voice and percussion)
9. Cuckolds all in row (regal, cittern, lute, recorder, violin and violone)
12. Grimstock (violins, regal, cittern, recorder and violone)
15. Heartease (violin, cittern, lute, recorder and viol)
16. Jenny pluck pears (regal, violins, cittern, recorder and violone)
19. Maiden Lane (recorder, violins, cittern, curtal and violone)
20. Lavena (recorder, violins, cittern, regal and violone)
The Musitians of Grope Lane: Music of Brothels and Bawdy Houses of Purcell's England The City Waites Musica Oscura, "The Purcell Circle" series, 1996. MOPS 070969 Robin Jeffrey plays cittern and Douglas Wootton plays cittern and bandora.
-K.McD.
2. The Fair Maid of Islington. (song: cittern in consort)
6. Lady of Pleasure. (cittern in consort)
15. The Jovial Broom Man. (song: cittern in consort)
17. The Lusty Young Smith. (song: cittern and bandora in consort)
19. The Jolly Brown Turd. (song: cittern and bandora in consort)
23. A Ditty Delightful of Mother Watkin's Ale. (song: cittern and bandora in consort)
Penny Merriments - Street Songs of 17th Century England The City Waites Naxos 2005. 8.557672 Robin Jeffrey plays cittern.
-A.E.
3. The crost couple, or A good misfortune (voice, fiddle and cittern)
4. The countryman's joy (voice with cittern)
7. The seven merry wives of London, or The gossips complaint (voice with cittern)
14. The saint turn'd sinner (voice, cittern and bum fiddle?)
18. The famous ratcatcher (voices, lute, cittern and curtal)
There were three Ravens: Songs, rounds and catches by Thomas Ravenscroft The Consort of Musicke Virgin Veritas Classics, 1991. VC7 91217-2 The wire instruments appear together in all instances as a continuo section. Robin Jeffrey plays cittern; David Miller plays bandora.
-K.McD.
1. The Cryers Song of Cheape-Side.
3. Martin said to his man.
7. A wooing Song of a Yeoman of Kents Sonne.
10. To morrow the Fox will come to towne.
14. The crowning of Belphebe.
15. The Marriage of the Frogge and the Mouse.
19. There were three Ravens.
20. The wooing of Hodge & Malkyn.
JOHN DOWLAND lute songs The Consort of Six harmonia mundi FRANCE 1978. HMX290837 Robert Spencer plays bandora in solo and broken consort; Ian Harwood plays cittern in broken consort pieces.
-A.E.
2. Galliard (bandora solo)
3. The lady Laiton's almain (bandora solo)
The cittern and the bandora also appear in ths broken consort pieces
Music at Hamlet's Castle Consortium Hafniense danacord 1994. DACOCD344 Kristian Buhl-Mortensen plays cittern; Jorn Jorkov plays bandora.
-A.E.
10. Dowlands adew for Master Cromwell (bandora with lute)
12. Echo almain - Fancy (bandora with harp and lute)
15. La Rosignol (bandora with lute)
Cittern: used in consort on many tracks
Mr. Arbeau's School of Dancing (1589) Vol. I Convivium Musicum MUSICA REDIVIVA 1989. MRCD 001 The cittern and the bandora are used in Tr. 18, but their players are not specified.
-A.E.
18. La Coranto [Morley] (violin, flute, viol, lute, cittern and bandora)
"Heavenly Noyse:" English Consort Music for Mixed Consort from the Golden Age The Dowland Consort BIS, 1989. BIS CD-451 In all pieces below, cittern and bandora appear as members of theconsort of six unless otherwise noted. Jacob Heringman plays a cittern by Stephen Barber made in 1986 and an orpharion by Philip Brown made in 1985; Jakob Lindberg plays an orpharion by Stephen Barber and Sandy Harris made in 1989; Lynda Sayce plays a bandora made by Stephen Barber in 1986.
-K.McD.
1. My Lord of Oxenford's Masque.
2. Bachelar's Delight.
3. Robin is to the Greenwoode Gone. (orpharion accompanied by cittern and bandora; from the Cambridge partbooks)
4. Joyne Hands.
5. Pavan and Galliard.
7. The Peaceful Western Wind. (bass flute with bandora)
8. Nutmeg and Ginger. (consort of six with orpharion rather than lute; from the Cambridge partbooks)
9. Jews Dance. (treble viol, recorder, and orpharion; from the Cambridge partbooks)
10. Shewes and Nightly Revels.
11. The Sacred End Pavan and Galliard.
12. Now is the Month of May.
14. Sweet Musicke. (Tobias Hume's own suggested "Sixt Musicke, for two Orpherions and a Basse- Viole")
16. Goe from my Window.
17. De la Tromba Pavan.
21. Lachrimae.
22. Can She Excuse.
23. The Frog Galliard.
Anthony Holborne: Pavans, Galliards, Almains, and other short Aeirs The Dowland Consort BIS, 1989. BIS CD-469 Mostly consort works for viols + lute, but Jakob Lindberg plays a cittern and bandora by Stephen Barber, both made in 1986.
-K.McD. & A.H.
11/1. Prelude. (bandora solo)
11/2. Quadro Pavan. (bandora solo)
15/1. The Maydens of the Countrey. (cittern solo from The Cittharn Schoole, 1597)
15/2. The Spanish Pavane. (cittern solo from The Cittharn Schoole, 1597)
15/3. A Jyg. (cittern solo from The Cittharn Schoole, 1597)
18. Lullaby. (bandora solo)
Johnny, Cock thy Beaver The Dufay Collective Chandos, 1996. Chan 9446 David Miller plays a cittern by Robert Eyland; Richard Campbell plays a bandora by Brendan Hirst.
-K.McD.
1. Indian Queen/Of noble race was Shinkin. (cittern and bandora in consort)
10. A Morisco. (bandora in consort)
21. Pell Mell. (bandora in consort)
24. The Clothier's Song. (bandora in consort)
25. On the cold Ground; Glory of the Sun-Kettledrum; Paul's Wharf; Saturday Night and Sunday Morn; Johnny, Cock thy Beaver. (cittern in consort)
Lauten und Historische Gitarren Duo Panonno (Johannes Vogt and Ulrich Wedemeier) Conventus Musicus 1994. CM 1080 Tracks 8-11 for alto lute and bandora. Uli also self-made a tape in 1989 including 9 very good bandora solos from Holborne. Musik des 16. Jahrhunderts.
-P.F.
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Two Renaissance Dance Bands / Monteverdi's Contemporaries The Early Music Consort of London & The Morley Consort TESTAMENT 1996. SBT-1080 (rec. 1971-75) James Tyler plays cittern as a member of the Early Music Consort of London; Ian Harwood plays cittern and Robert Spencer plays bandora as members of the Morley Consort (Tracks 13-21).
-A.E.
30. Schiarazula Marazula (cittern solo)
31. Ungarescha - Saltarello (cittern solo).
The cittern and bandora also appear in ths most of the broken consort pieces mainly from Morley's "Consort Lessons" (1599) [Tr. 13-21].
Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance The Early Music Consort of London Yamano Gakki 1996. YMCD1031-32 (rec. 1973-74), local release in Japan James Tyler demonstrates English 4-course cittern by Richard Margulies, ceterone (bass cittern) by Robert Hadaway (copy of the instrument by Gironimo Campi, in the Museo Bardini, Florence) and orpharion by Robert Hadaway; Robert Spencer demonstrates bandora by Donald Gill.
-A.E.
CD 2
24. Galliarde [from "Cittern Schoole" by Holborne, 1597] (cittern with viol)
25. Toccata prima [Piccinini] (ceterone solo)
26. Galliard [Dowland, from Bray bandora MS (c.1600)] (bandora solo)
27. Le Rossignol [from the Jane Pickering's Lute Book, 1616] (orpharion and lute)
Henry VIII and his Six Wives The Early Music Consort of London TESTAMENT 2004. SBT-1250 (rec. 1972) James Tyler plays cittern in the compositions by David Munrow.
-A.E.
19. Ethiop masque (recorder, cittern, sackbut, drone and nakers)
21. Catherine Howard's interrogation (cello, cittern, lute, viol, bell and percussion)
Great Music from the court of Elizabeth I The Elizabethan Consort The Gift of Music / Classical Communications, Ltd., 2003. CCL CDG1052 A combination of lute duets and broken consort works. Includes Stewart McCoy on cittern and Matthew Spring on bandora.
-A.H.
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Chansons - Danses - Musiques Medievales et Renaissances Ensemble Jehan de Channey DE PLEIN VENT 1989. DPV CD 1989-04 (According to the note) Anne-Claire Bodin-Lamy plays cittern in consort.
-A.E.
7. Dances from Moderne's Musique de Joye
11. Dances from Praetorius' Terpsichore
Under The Greenwood Tree Estampie NAXOS 1997. 8.553442 Graham Derrick plays cittern.
-A.E.
2. Ja nuls homs pris (alto rebec, cittern, lute, voice)
3. A l'entrant d'este (cittern, voice, lute)
12. Sellengers Round (violin, cittern, lute)
14. Greensleeves (violin, lute, cittern)
The Art of Extemporisation Extempore String Ensemble Cantate/Musicaphon, 1987;1994. M 56805 Archcittern appears in many of the pieces, all in consort. George Weigand plays an archcittern by Robert Hadaway.
-K.McD.
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Jacobean Masque & Theatre Music Extempore String Ensemble Acanthus, 1995. 94003 George Weigand plays orpharion; Robin Jeffrey plays bandora.
-K.McD.
3. Fairest Nymphs. (bandora in consort)
4. Nymphs' Dance. (orpharion and bandora in consort)
5. The Flatt Pavan. (orpharion and bandora duet)
7. Der Königennen Intrada. (orpharion in consort)
12. The Second Witches Dance. (orpharion in consort)
16. The Bee. (orpharion and bandora in consort; contains an orpharion solo in which the orpharion is played "'colachon' style with a buzzing device fitted to the strings.")
19. The Baboons' Dance. (bandora in consort)
21. Now Hath Flora (bandora in consort)
23. Move Now with Measured Sound. (bandora in consort)
Consort Music of the English Renaissance Extempore String Ensemble Meridian, 1995. CDE 84256 Some combination of cittern, bandora, and/or orpharion appear, in consort, in all pieces; only those pieces giving particular prominence to the wire instruments are noted. Peter Trent plays cittern; George Weigand plays orpharion; Robin Jeffrey plays bandora.
-K.McD.
12. Pavan. (cittern, orpharion, and bandora with violin and viola da gamba)
13. Galliard. (cittern, orpharion, and bandora with violin and viola da gamba)
14. Quadro Pavan. (cittern, orpharion, and bandora and viola da gamba; cittern plays the solo [#9 in the Kanazawa edition] from Holborne's The Cittharn Schoole, 1597; other parts improvised.)
15. Quadro Galliard. (instrumentation as above; improvised triple-time version of the above)
17. Galliard. (cittern, orpharion, and bandora)
19. The Wanton. (cittern, orpharion, and bandora)
Bassadanza. Dante Ferrara Gargantua Music 1998. GRGCD 021 Italian music and songs from the late Renaissance on lute, orpharion, citterns (4 course chromatic and diatonic), colascione, vihuela, 4-course guitar and hurdy-gurdy. Many pieces never previously recorded. Lute pieces include works by Capirola, da Milano, da Crema. Works by Terzi, Molinaro, Ferrabosco, Laurencini, Vicenzo Bernia played on orpharion. Cittern solos by Sebastian Vreedman and Sixtus Kargel.
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Rosasolis, music and songs from England's golden age. Dante Ferrara Gargantua Music 2001. GRGCD 01022 Contains 18 orpharion solos, also solos and accompaniments for 3 different citterns.
-P.F.
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Schweizer Lautenmusik der Renaissance Christoph Greuter Musikszene Schweiz 2002. MGB CD6198 2 tracks for voice and bandora, 1 for bandora solo.
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Exquisite Consorts The Harp Consort Berlin Classics, 1995. 0011552BC Paul O'Dette plays a cittern, probably by Chris Stetson and an orpharion by Chris Stetson; Lee Santana plays a cittern, probably by Peter Forester; Pat O'Brien plays a bandora by Peter Forester.
-K.McD.
6. The French King's masque; to the Consort of Six. (cittern and bandora as part of the "Morley" consort)
17. In envy of the night; to the Consort of Wire Strings. (song: soprano voice with cittern, orpharion, bandora, theorbo, and Irish harp)
22. Hence, ye profane; to the Consort of Masquers. (song: vocal quartet with violin, lute, bandora, Irish harp, 2 bass viols)
23. The Spanish jeepsies; to the Consort of Rude Musick. (recorder, violin, cittern, 2 guitars, theorbo, 2 bass viols)
Carolan's Harp The Harp Consort BMG/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1996. 05472-77375-2 A resolutely un- to semi-historical romp through 18th Century Irish harp music, but included for completeness' sake. Paul O'Dette plays a cittern by Peter Forester; Steve Player and Andrew Lawrence-King play a "French cittern" by Chris Stetson; Pat O'Brien plays a bandora by Richard Gronning.
-K.McD.
3. Jigg to [Mr. James Betagh]. (cittern and bandora in consort)
4. Carolan's Lamentation for Charles MacCabe. (bandora in consort)
5. Carolan's Receipt. (cittern, French cittern, and bandora in consort)
6. Bumper Squire Jones. (bandora in consort)
11. Planxty Connor. (cittern, French cittern, and bandora in consort)
21. Planxty Flinn. (cittern solo, played and likely arranged by Paul O'Dette)
El arte de fantasia The Harp Consort harmonia mundi USA 2004. HMU907316 Lee Santana plays cittern on pieces mainly from "El libro de cifra nueva" by Henestrosa (1557).
-A.E.
9. Conde Claros (harp, viol, organ, vihuela, cittern and percussion)
13. Unum colle deum ne iures vana per eum. Fuga a 40 (multitracked; harps, vihuelas, psaltery, harpsichord, organs, viols, guitars and cittern)
14. Miralo come llora (harp, viol, organ, cittern and percussion)
15. Para discantar (psaltery and cittern)
Holburns Passion: Music for lute, cittern & bandora Jacob Heringman ASV Ltd, 1997. CD GAU 173 Features a very prominent use of the cittern.
-A.H.
Cittern
6. Praeludium
7. Sicke sicke and very sicke
8. A French toy
9. The Miller
10. A Horne pype
Bandora
15. A Ground
16. Almain: The night watch
17. Fantazia
Cittern with a bass
21. Queenes Galliard
22. Maister Earles Pavan
23. Galliard
Early American Roots: Country dance tunes, improvisations & shape note hymns Hesperus Maggie's Music, 1997. MMCD216 An interesting album containing works available from Europe for early American colonists. More great cittern playing by Mark Cudek; includes the following solo:
-A.H.
15. John Come Kiss Me Now
Dancing Day Hesperus KOCH 2000. 3-7507-2 HI Mark Cudek plays cittern with Rosa Lamoreaux (soprano).
-A.E.
3. Seven rejoices of mary
11. The old year now away is fled (Green sleeves)
17. Lord of the dance
The King's Delight: 17C Ballads for voice & violin Band The King's Noyse with Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi, 1993. HMU 907101 Paul O'Dette plays a cittern by Chris Stetson, 1983, loaned by Patrick O'Brien.
-K.McD.
1. The king's delight. (in consort)
3. Gathering peascods. (in consort)
4. Blew-cap for me. (song for soprano voice and cittern)
7. Jog on. (song: soprano voice, cittern; violins)
11. The lovely northerne lasse; to the tune of Broom, broom, the bonny, bonny broom. (song: soprano voice; cittern)
15. As att noone Dulcina rested. (song: soprano voice, cittern; violin)
16. Grimstock. (cittern solo—not credited, but the version from the Matthew Holmes Cittern Book, Dd.4.23)
24. The little barley-corne; to the tune of Stingo. (song: soprano voice and cittern; violins)
The Queen's Delight: 17C Ballads and Dances The King's Noyse with Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi, 1996. HMU 907180 O'Dette plays a "4-course English cittern" by Peter Forrester, 1996.
-K.McD.
1. The happy meeting. (in consort)
2. Boatman. (in consort)
3. Trip and go. (in consort)
8. Newcastle. (violin and cittern; violins)
10. Now, o now, I needs must part. (cittern solo from Robinson's New Citharen Lessons, 1609)
13. Souches marche. (cittern solo; unattributed)
14. Emperor of the moon. (in consort)
15. Tickle my toe. (in consort)
17. Wilson's wilde. (violin and cittern; violins)
22. Half hanniken (in consort)
23. Nottingham ale, to the tune of Lilli Burlero. (song: soprano voice and cittern; violins)
Le Jardin de Melodies, 16thc. French Dances and Songs The King's Noyse with Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi 1997. HMU 907194 With Ellen Hargis, soprano, and Paul O'Dette, lute, chromatic cittern and guitar.
-P.F.
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Apollo's Banquet: 17th Century Music from the Publications of John Playford David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, and Andrew Lawrence-King Harmonia Mundi, 1998. HMU 907186 All the cittern solos are (mis?)attributed to Musick's Delight on the Cithren, 1666; they are actually found in A Booke of New Lessons, 1652. Paul O'Dette plays a cittern by Peter Forrester.
-K.McD.
10. The Glory of the West. (cittern solo)
11. The Mock Glory of the West. (cittern solo)
12. The Glory of the Sun. (violin, cittern, and harp)
16. Johney Cock They Beaver: A Scotch Tune to a Ground. (violin, cittern, Irish harp)
17. Greene-Sleeves. (cittern solo)
18. Stingo, or the Oyle of Barly. (cittern solo)
19. Cockleshells. (violin, cittern, harp)
21. The Queen's Jigg. (violin, cittern, baroque guitar)
Anthony Holborne: "My Selfe" The King's Noyse with Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi, 1999. HMU 907238 O'Dette plays a "4-course English cittern" by Peter Forrester, 1996.
-K.McD.
1. The night watch (in consort)
14. The New-Yeeres gift (in consort)
20. Sicke, sicke, and very sicke (here's an unlikely role reversal: consort arrangement of the cittern solo from The Cittharn Schoole, 1597, "complete" with no bass notes...)
Musica Mediterranea - Music of the Italian & Spanish Renaissance Kithara CHANDOS CHACONNE 1994. CHAN0562 Shirley Rumsey accompanies herself on 4-course cittern (by Thomas Neitzert) on Track 1.
-A.E.
1. A quand'a quand'haveva una vicina (voice, flute, harp, lute, cittern, guitar and viol)
The Spirit of Gambo: Tobias Hume Labyrinto Glossa, 1996. GCD 920402 The bandora appears in consort in all instances. Eduardo Eguez, bandora.
-K.McD.
5. Start. The Lady of Sussex delight.
7. The Spirit of Gambo. The Lord Dewys favoret.
27. What greater griefe.
Three, Four & Twenty Lutes Jakob Lindberg, Robert Meunier, Nigel North, Paul O'Dette, et al. BIS, 1986. CD-341 A collection of lute trios, quartets, and large plucked-string ensemble works (some with singers). Of worthy note is the use of the Viaera cittern accompaniment to the Pacoloni lute trio arrangement of Passemezo di Zorzi and the use of bandora in a large ensemble arrangement by Tim Crawford of three masque dances by Robert Johnson.
-A.H.
2. Passemezo di Zorzi / Padoana / Saltarello - Giovanni Pacoloni
8. Three Masque Dances - Robert Johnson (arr. by Tim Crawford)
John Dowland: The Complete Solo Lute Music Jakob Lindberg BIS, 1996. BISCD722/4 Includes 11 works for an orpharion of 8 courses built by Lars Jönsson, Dalarö, 1994.
-A.H.
Works for orpharion:
Disc 2:
11. Langton's Galliard [Poulton 33] (From CUL Ms.Dd.9.33)
19. A Coy Toy [80] (From The Mynshall Lute Book)
Disc 3:
4. Mrs. White's Thing [50] (From CUL Ms.Dd.2.11)
10. Dr. Case's Pavan [12] (ibid.)
12. Orlando Sleepeth [61] (ibid.)
13. A Dream [75] (ibid.)
14. A Galliard (on Walsingham) [31] (ibid.)
15. A Galliard [24] (ibid.)
23. Solus Cum Sola [10] (From The Euing Lute Book)
Disc 4:
5. Mrs. Winter's Jump [55] (From The Dowland Lute Book - Folger Library)
10. Come Away [60] (From CUL Nn.6.36)
Altenglische Consortmusik Linde-Consort
EMI Reflexe 2000. 8 26471 2 (rec. 1971) Madeleine Jenny plays cittern; Philippe Meunier plays bandora in broken consort.
-A.E.
1. In nomine pavin
2. My Lord of Oxenfords masque
3. Goe from my window
8. Galliard to Captaine Pipers Pavin
9. Lachrimae pavin
14. The batchelars delight
15. Michills galliard
19. Balowe
20. Sola Soletta
Elizabethan Social Music: English Consorts, Lute Duets, and Solos The London Early Music Group Emergo/Saga Classics, 1993. EC 3395-2 Originally recorded in 1979, and thus an early appearance of the recorded cittern. The instruments of wire appear as members of the consort of six. Peter Trent plays cittern; Barry Mason plays bandora.
-K.McD.
1. Sidneys Goodmorowe.
4. Mr. Allisons Knell.
7. Go from my windoe.
11. The Sacred End Pavan.
14. The Lady Walsinghams Conceites.
Aguirre Los Otros Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

Lee Santana plays "Mexican cittern."

From their website:

This is our attempt to recreate music from a very rudimentary musical source from Mexico. Nothing to go by except a few chords and little melodic bits, and the description of a musical instrument which resembles mostly a cittern.

So we had such an instrument reconstructed, a Mexican cittern, with a slightly different setup and tuning than its European counterpart.

The sound of that hellish banjo quite dominates this CD and is embedded in our usual guitar and gamba klang, and completed by Pedro Estevans unbelievable perscussions.

http://www.without-a-net.net

Pieces for cittern taken from the Sebastian Aguirre MS.
Flowers of the Forest: Scottish traditional music for lute, mandour, cittern, and guittar. Rob MacKillop Greentrax, 1998. CDTRAX 155 This is one of only a few recordings of the guittar (the 18th century, flat-backed, pear-shaped, double-course wire strung amateur's plucked string instrument) available.
Rob Mac Killop plays a diatonic cittern in French tuning by Peter Forrester and an original guittar by Broderip, c. 1770.
-K.McD. & A.H.
12. Six untitled pieces from the Millar/McAlman MS (cittern solos; John Ward identifies some pieces in his Sprightly and Cheerful Music, 1983, as (1) Put on your shirt on Monday; (4) Love is a labour in vaine; (5) "the tune appears to be related to that of The auld man (also called An auld man he courted me, Never wed an old man);" and (6) My heart endyting is. Mac Killop writes: These energetic pieces were written down to be played fingerstyle as opposed to a quill or plectrum of sorts. This places them around the mid 17th-century, with some of the tunes also appearing in the Skene manuscript. They might well be the earliest source of fingerstyle cittern playing.)
18. I Love my Love in Secret. (guittar solo; from National Library of Scotland MS 5449. Mac Killop writes on his homepage, "The guittar of the 18th century was wire-strung and tuned from the bass CEG, and then an octave higher, CEG. This open chord tuning provides a harmonic warmth around the largely tonal melodies, and hints at an almost drone-like accompaniment - perfectly in keeping with Scottish music.")
19. A Reel. (I'll Gae Nae Mair Tae Yon Toun). (guittar solo; from Robert Bremner's Instructions, 1758)
20. Up We't Eli Eli. (guittar solo; from Robert Bremner's Instructions, 1758)
21. Tweed Side. (guittar solo; tune from James Oswald's The Caledonian Pocket Companion, arranged for guittar by Mac Killop)
22. The Secret Kiss by Mr. Oswald. (guittar solo; tune from James Oswald's The Caledonian Pocket Companion, arranged for guittar by Mac Killop)
James Oswald: Twelve Divertimentis for the Guittar (1759)) Rob MacKillop ASV Gaudeamus, 2001. CD GAU 221 Contains 12 divertimentis by James Oswald (1710-1769), played on the 18th-century wire-strung guittar. Rob MacKillop plays an original guittar by Broderip, c. 1765-70
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The Healing: Scottish Lute and Cittern Music 17th to 21st Centuries Rob MacKillop Greentrax, 2002. CDTRAX 227 Rob MacKillop plays a variety of tunes on Scottish lute, oud, mandour, and cittern, joined by Steve Player on the "Rattlesnake guitar" and poet James Robertson. From the liner notes, the music on the CD is "made up of original versions of tunes found in the Scottish lute and citern manuscripts of the 17th century, arrangements of tunes from the 18th and 20th centuries, and new pieces composed in 2001." Includes in particular 7 pieces from the Robert Edwards Commonplace Book listed here, played both fingerstyle an with plectrum.
-A.H.
From the Robert Edwards MS:
7. Joy to the personne of my love
8. Till I be lulled beyond thee
9. The Laydie Louthians Lilte
10. The Isle of Rea
11. Sueit Smyling Katie loues me
12. She Rouid me in Hir Aprone
13. John Come Kisse me Noue
Chansons Vertes Gaillardes et Coquines au temps de Francois I et Henri IV La Maurache ARION, 1996. ARN 68344 Henri Agnel plays cittern.
-A.E.
16. Ronde VI (in consort)
17. La Canarie (in consort)
Throw the House out of the Windowe, and other damn fine dance tunes Terry McKenna and his musical mates MARQUIS 2001. 7 7471 81277 2 3 Ben Grossman plays cittern on Track 2.
-A.E.
2. The galloping nag; Strawberries and cream (2 baroque guitars and a cittern)
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sag butts and Cornetts, with John Eliot Gardiner Archiv Produktion 1987. 2 LP set 419251/2 Robin Jeffrey plays cittern and ceterone.
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16th Century Italian & French Dance Music Musica Reservata Boston Skyline, 1994. BSD 123 This CD is selection of pieces originally recorded in 1971 and issued on two LPs, Philips 6500-102 and 6500-293. As I remember, the complete Italian LP had a cittern solo with bass viol accompaniment which does not appear here. Unfortunately, the cittern is all but inaudible on the tracks listed, but the CD is included to give honor to a group very far ahead of its time, as well as to highlight what—along with Julian Bream's Morley consort LP—must be a very early appearance of the recorded cittern. James Tyler plays cittern.
-K.McD.
2. Gagliarda: La scarpa, second setting. (3 rebecs, 2 viols, violone, cittern, lute, 2 harpsichords)
12. Gagliarda: Zorzi. (2 rebecs, 2 viols, violone, cittern, 2 lutes, harpsichord)
19. Cest a grant tort, second setting. (2 recorders, 3 viols, 2 lutes, cittern, harpsichord)
The Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance Musica Reservata of London VANGUARD CLASSICS 1997. OVC8093/94 (rec. 1972) James Tyler demonstrates cittern; Ephraim Segerman demonstrates bandora.
-A.E.
CD 1
42. Demonstration of open strings (bass cittern)
43. Correnta prima [Piccinini] (bass cittern solo)
45. Demonstration of open strings (bandora)
46. A ground [Holborne] (bandora solo)
CD 2
35. Joyne hands (cittern and bandora in broken consort)
The Leaves be Green Musica Viva / James Tyler RCM , 1998. RCM 19604 A nice selection of consort pieces, most not recorded elsewhere to my knowledge. The remaining tracks are lute duets and a trio. All tracks listed save [3] include cittern and bandora as members of the consort of six. Keller Coker plays a cittern by Peter Forrester; James Lidgett plays a bandora by Lawrence Brown.
-K.McD.
1. Paven 9.
3. Holborne's Farewell. (lute, cittern, and bandora)
5. Daniel's Almaine.
7. Where Fancy Fond.
9. Captain Piper's Pavin.
11. Lady Walsingham's Conceits.
13. A Paven of Master Byrd.
15. The Widowe's Mite.
18. James's Galliard.
The Masque of Oberon Musicians of the Globe Philips Classics, 1997. 446 217-2 A large-scale and very persuasive reconstruction of a Jacobean masque, using wire instruments as the main continuo section. Neither player or instrument information is given: Jacob Heringman is listed as one of the "soloists" and may be responsible for some of the wire-instrument work.
-K.McD.
7. Dulcina. (4 recorders, curtal, cittern, orpharion, bandora, spinet)
10. Now My Cunning Lady, Moon. (4 tenor voices, tenor and bass viols, cittern, orpharion, bandora, spinet)
11. The Satyrs Dance. (4 violins, 6 violas, 3 bass violins, 4 recorders, curtal, cittern, orpharion, bandora, spinet, bells)
14. Dulcina. (4 recorders, curtal, cittern, orpharion, bandora, spinet, tabor, bells)
30. The Third of the Princes. (4 violins, 6 violas, 3 bass violins, 7 lutes, 4 recorders, curtal, cittern, orpharion, bandora, spinet, bells)
Nutmeg and Ginger: Spicy Ballads from Shakespeare's London Musicians of the Globe Philips Classics, 1999. 456 507-2 In all pieces cittern and bandora appear as members of the consort of six. Neither player or instrument information is given: Jacob Heringman is listed as one of the "soloists" and may be responsible for some of the wire-instrument work.
-K.McD.
1. Daphne.
2. Nutmeg and Ginger.
3. Watkins Ale. (song: soprano voice with consort of six)
12. Fortune my foe.
20. Dulcina. (song: soprano voice with consort of six)
23. Sellinger's Round.
As I Went to Walsingham The Musicians of Swanne Alley Harmonia Mundi, 1987. HMC 905192 In all pieces cittern and bandora appear as members of the consort of six. Patricia Adams Nordstrom plays cittern; Lyle Nordstrom plays bandora.
-K.McD.
1. Walsingham Galliard.
2. A Paven to Delight.
3. The Lady Frances Sidneys Almayne.
9. Go From My Wyndoe.
10. Mr. Allisons Almayne.
14. The Lady Frances Sidneys Goodnight.
15. Squiers Galliard.
17. Primiero.
In the Streets and Theatres of London - Elizabethan Ballads and Theatre Music The Musicians of Swanne Alley Virgin 1989. VC790789-2 Paul O'Dette and Patricia Adams Nordstrom play cittern by Ray Nurse; Lyle Nordstrom plays bandora by Ray Nurse.
-A.E.
6. Bony sweet Robin (bandora solo)
7. Wilsons wilde (cittern and bandora)
The cittern and the bandora also appear on most of the tracks of broken consort
Joyne Hands: Music of Thomas Morley, composer, arranger and publisher The Musicians of Swanne Alley/Red Byrd Virgin Veritas, 1995. VER 5 61241 2 All tracks listed save [27] include cittern and bandora as members of the consort of six. Patricia Adams Nordstrom plays cittern; Lyle Nordstrom plays bandora.
-K.McD.
1. Joyne Hands.
2. Phillips Paven.
3. Galliard to Phillips Pavin.
9. Sola Soletta.
10. In Nomine Pavin.
11. Galliard to In Nomine.
12. La coranta.
15. Mounsiers Almaine.
16. The Sacred End Pavin.
17. Galliard to Sacred End.
26. Now is the Moneth of Maying.
27. O Mistresse mine. (song: tenor voice, lute, bandora)
28. O Mistresse mine.
29. My Lord of Oxenfords maske.
Susato: Dansereye New London Consort DECCA 1998. 436 131-2 Jacob Heringman plays cittern by Neitzert in consort.
-A.E.
16. Den Hoboecken dans
37. Basse danse: Entre du fol
John Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 1 Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi, 1995. HMU 907160 The only use of the orpharion (after Palmer 1617, by Barber, 1990) in this 5-CD set; no rationale is given for choice of instrument in these pieces.
-K.McD.
11. Orlando sleepeth. (P [oulton] 61)
12. {What if a Day}. (P 79)
13. Mrs Winters Jumpp. (P 55)
20. Go from my windowe. (P 64)
Robin Hood: Elizabethan Ballad Settings Paul O'Dette Harmonia Mundi, 2001. HMU 907265 Works for lute, orpharion, and cittern. Per the liner notes, the orpharion was built by Stephen Barber in 1990 after the 1617 Palmer instrument; the 4-course cittern by Peter Forrester in 1996.
O'Dette states in the liner notes that since the tuning of the lute and orpharion is the same, "the choice of instrument is mainly a question of the character and color of the music. The fact that the wire strings sound so long after they are plucked makes the orpharion well-suited to pieces requiring lots of resonance, while its inability to articulate quickly makes it less appropriate for works containing rapid scale passages."
-A.H.
Works for cittern from the Robert Edwards Commonplace Book:
8. Suiet smyling Katie loves me
9. Put on your sark on Monenday
10. Buckinghames branle
11.The Laydie Louthians lilte
Works for Orpharion:
20. Lusty Gallant
21. [A Ground]
22. Home again, market is done
23. Trenchmore
Elizium - Elizabethan Ballads, Ayres & Dances Pantagruel Totentanz Records (TOT23046)

Mark Wheeler plays a diatonic cittern by Peter Forrester.
-A.H.

"Cittern is featured on 3 tracks. Please note: Cd is ca.74 minutes long and is conceived as one long piece of music. There are 11 tracks, each containing many shorter pieces in medleys, all of which are our own arrangements. Track 11. Ring out your bells! ends with a hidden track after 3 minutes silence. The sick tune for cittern & renaissance guitar over which a poem is recited."
-Mark Wheeler

 

2. Eliza is the fairest Queen (ends with a Passingmeasures Galliard from the Cambridge Cittern Manuscript Dd.4.23).
8. Ale & Tabacco contains the following pieces:

  • Ale and Tobacco (Thomas Ravenscroft) - voyce, recorder & cittern
  • Be merry my hearts (Broadside Ballad) - voyce & cittern
  • Tregian's ground (William Byrd) - flute & cittern
  • The Oil of Barley or Stingo (Broadside Ballad) - voyce, recorder & cittern
  • Parsons Farewell (anon.) - recorder & cittern

11. Ring out your bells!

Canzoni e Danze - Wind Music from Renaissance Italy Piffaro ARCHIV 1995. 445 883-2 Grant Herreid plays cittern on villotte by F.Azzaiolo.
-A.E.
6. Aldi, dolce ben mio; Gentil Madonna del mio cor patrona (crumhorns, cittern and percussion)
PRAETORIUS / Terpsichore Musarum (1612) Ricercar Consort RICERCAR 1994. RIC139131 Philippe Malfeyt plays cittern; Vincent Dumestre plays bandora in consort.
-A.E.
1. La Gavottes 1; La Gilotte (violins, recorder, curtal, harpsichord, cittern and percussion)
15. Gaillarde (304) (viols, transverse flute, cittern and bandora)
22. Bransles doubles de Poictou 1-2 (violins, shawm, curtal, harpsichord, cittern and percussion)
32. Ballet des coqs (254) (violins, shawm, harpsichord, cittern and percussion)
Guide des Instruments de la Renaissance Romanesque RICERCAR 1995. RIC95001/A-C Philippe Malfeyt plays cittern; Vincent Dumestre plays bandora and orpharion.
-A.E.
CD 3
8. Prelude - Gaillarde [Holborne] (bandora solo)
13. Goe from my window [Robinson] (orpharion solo)
14. Pavane Quadro [Holborne]; Wilsons wylde [Anon.] (citten solo)
15. The lady Frances Sidney's goodnight (broken consort)
16. The lady Frances Sidney's almain (broken consort)
Pasqualini Demarzi: Six Sonatas for Cetra or Kitara Doc Rossi and Andrea Damiani CETRA 001 18th C. cittern with continuo on archlute or baroque guitar plus 6 cittern solos of Irish traditional music.
-Doc Rossi

Full mp3 version available through Magnatune; CD available from rossi@cetrapublishing.com.

(See samples also on the Audio page.)

Music of the Italian Renaissance Shirley Rumsey NAXOS 1994. 8.550615 Shirley Rumsey accompanies herself on cittern (by Thomas Neitzert).
-A.E.
2. Ti parti, cor mio caro (voice with cittern accompaniment)
10. Vecchie letrose (voice with cittern accompaniment)
A musicall banquet Andreas Scholl & al. DECCA 2001. 466 917-2 Edin Karamazov plays orpharion by Robert Hadaway (after John Rose, Bridewell, London, 1580) 8. Go my flock, go get you hence (voice with orpharion)
Stuart Age Music - Tunes from Troubled Times Sirinu Griffin 1996. GCCD4007 Matthew Spring plays cittern in consort.
-A.E.
14. Tomorrow the Fox will come to towne (voice, recorder, cittern and viol)
16. The jolly barber (voices, recorder, cittern and guitar)
Court Jesters - Tudor Minstrel Music Sirinu Griffin 1996. GCCD4013 Matthew Spring plays cittern.
-A.E.
8. Medley ("Light o' love" etc.) (cittern solo)
14. The poor people's complaint; Ring out your bells (voice, cittern, guitar and recorder)
Music for Roundheads & Cavaliers St. George's Canzona ASV 1994. CD QS 6130 John Grubb plays cittern The cittern is heard at least in the following tracks of Playford tunes with fiddle, viol etc.
-A.E.
3. Kemp's Jigg; Boatman; Jack pudding
13. Woodycock; Staines Morris
17. Hey then, up go we (tune of Cuckolds all a row)
19. Goddesses; Parsons farewell; Nonesuch
Songs for William Shakespeare Sara Stowe, Matthew Spring and Sharon Lindo Classical Communications 2000. CCL CDG1006 Matthew Spring plays cittern. Some of these pieces are similar to the pieces included in "Court Jesters" by Sirinu.
-A.E.
3. O mistress mine (voice with cittern)
4. Light of love (cittern solo)
18. Ring out your bells (voice with cittern)
24. The poor people's complaint (voices with cittern)
29. The rat catcher (voice with cittern)
Music of the Renaissance Virtuosi James Tyler, Nigel North, Douglas Wootton and Jane Ryan SAGA 1994. EC3350-2. (rec. 1976) Nigel North plays cittern; Douglas Wootton plays bandora, both only on the first track.
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1. Zouch, his march (lute, cittern, bandora and viol)
Tanzmusik von der Renaissance bis zum Biedermeier Ulsamer-Collegium ARCHIV 1975. 439 964-2 Dieter Kirsch and Paul Gerrits play cittern and orpharion.
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CD 1
19. Branle de Bourgogne [from Le Roy (1565)] (cittern solo)
25. Bransle de Bourgongne III [Gervaise] (cittern with 4 recorders)
30. Ungarescha - Saltarello (cittern in consort)
CD 2
1. Pavan: The funerals (orpharion in consort)
3. Coranto: Heigh ho holiday (orpharion in consort)
11. [Galliarde] Reprinse [Praetotius] (cittern in consort)
12. Nancie (cittern in consort)
15. Catkanei (cittern in consort)
My Lady Rich, her Teares and Joy Emily Van Evera, Christopher Morrongiello, et al Heartsease Productions 2005. AVO045 Just one track includes treble bandora and treble cittern.
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1588: Music from the time of the Spanish Armada The York Waits Saydisc, 1988. CD-SDL 373 Anthony Barton plays a cittern by Christopher Fry (but vide infra).
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12. Watkins Ale. (3 flutes, shawm curtal, cittern, sackbut, 3 capped shawms)
18. Les Bransles De Champagne. (2 hurdy-gurdies, cittern, recorder, curtal)
The Punk's Delight: Popular Musick of the 17th Century The York Waits Huntsup, 1991. Huntsup CD 1 Anthony Barton plays a cittern by Christopher Ray (but vide supra...).
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2. The milke-mayds bobb; The chirping of the nightingale. (recorders, cittern, curtal)
5. Akeroyde's Padd; Mr. Isaac's maggot. (recorders, cittern, curtal)
9. Argeers. (2 hurdy-gurdies, recorder, curtal, cittern)
11. Upon a summers day; Cheshier rounds; Shropshire round. (flute, recorders, cittern, cornamuse, curtal)
13. Packington's Pound; Grimstock. (hurdy-gurdy, cittern, recorders, curtal)
Christmas Musicke The York Waits Brewhouse Music 1996. BHCD9607 5 tracks have 1 and 2 citterns with consort or voice.
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Fortune My Foe - Popular music from the period of the Gunpowder Plot The York Waits Beautiful Jo 2005. BEJOCD-48 William Marshall, John Peel and Anthony Barton play cittern in broken consort.
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8. My Lady Hunsdon's puffe
12. Witches dance
20b. Pepper is black
20c. Sellenger's round
22. Nutmegs and ginger
23. The Jew's dance
26. Kemp's jig

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