The lautenwerck (also spelled lautenwerk), alternatively called lute-harpsichord (lute-clavier) or keyboard lute, is a European keyboard instrument of the Baroque period. It is similar to a harpsichord, but with gut (sometimes Nylon) rather than metal strings (except for the 4 ft Register on some instruments), 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 eighteenth century have survived to the present day.[1] It has been revived since the twentieth 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 also are 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. doi:10.1093/earlyj/10.4.477. JSTOR 3126936.

External linksEdit

  • Lautenwerck page
  • Information (Tihamér Romanek)
  • Gallery of pictures and sounds (Stevie Sorli)