keyboard instrument of the Baroque period

The lautenwerck is a keyboard instrument. It is also called the lute-harpsichord. Like the harpsichord, it makes sound by plucking the strings with a plectrum. It uses gut strings instead of metal strings. The gut strings make the instrument sound like a lute. There are no lautenwercks from the 18th century which survive today. [1]


Johann Sebastian Bach had two lute-harpsichords. It is thought that some of the music that he wrote for the lute is actually for the lautenwerck.[2]

References change

  1. Ripin, Edwin M.; Wraight, Denzil (2001). "Lute-harpsichord (Fr. clavecin-luth; Ger. Lautenklavecimbel, Lautenklavier, Lautenwerck)". Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.17215. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  2. Henning, Uta (October 1982). "The Most Beautiful among the Claviers: Rudolf Richter's Reconstruction of a Baroque Lute-Harpsichord". Early Music. 10 (4): 477–468. doi:10.1093/earlyj/10.4.477. JSTOR 3126936.