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Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania


Fragment of French Gittern Tablature

The breffe and playne instruction to lerne to play on the gyttron and also the Cetterne
London: James Rowbowtham, 1569

These two leaves, originally from an English printed instruction on playing the gittern, were discovered bound into a copy of Anglo-Saxon laws published in London in 1568. Presumed to be a Tudor version of a 1551 French publication by Adrian LeRoy (Briefve et facile instruction pour apprendre la tablature), the instruction does not otherwise survive in either language. The English gittern of this time is thought to have been a four-course guitar with gut strings.

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