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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 is 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.[1] It is 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.


Performances by Gergely Sárközy are also freely available.[2]


  1. ^ Henning, p. 477
  2. ^ Including BWV 996 - Prelude-Presto and BWV 996 - Bourree, both via


  • 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. JSTOR 3126936. doi:10.1093/earlyj/10.4.477. 

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