The lautenwerck (also spelled lautenwerk), or lute-harpsichord (lute-clavier), is a European keyboard instrument of the Baroque period. It is similar to a harpsichord, but with gut rather than metal strings, producing a mellow tone.
The instrument was favored by J. S. Bach, who owned two of the instruments at the time of his death, but no specimens from the 18th century have survived to the present day. It has been revived since the 20th century by harpsichord makers Willard Martin, Keith Hill and Steven Sorli. Two of its most prominent performers are the early music specialists Gergely Sárközy and Robert Hill.
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Performances by Felix Skowronek (flute) with Martha Goldstein. Johann Sebastian Bach, Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030.
- Henning, Uta (October 1982). "The Most Beautiful Among the Claviers: Rudolf Richter's Reconstruction of a Baroque Lute-Harpsichord". Early Music. 10 (4): 477–486. doi:10.1093/earlyj/10.4.477. JSTOR 3126936.
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