Lute English

Audsley describes this stop in his entry for Dulcimer, which reads:

The name given by Thomas Schwarbrook to a stop, composed of metal strings, inserted in the Organ erected by him, in 1733, in the Church of St. Michael, Coventry. It was, in all probability, sounded by a hammer action, as the real Dulcimer was played. Respecting this notable Organ, Dr. Rimbault remarks: “This noble instrument (Schwarbrook's masterpiece) cost £1400. It originally contained three remarkable stops - the Harp, Lute, and Dulcimer; but, in consequence of the ‘difficulty of keeping the strings in tune,’ they were removed in 1763.”

Wedgwood and Sumner also mention these stops, but have nothing to add.


Audsley[1]: Lute. Sumner[1]: Lute. Wedgwood[1]: Lute.
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