lirone - lira da gamba

based on Antonius Brensius 1592

The lira da gamba is a continuo instrument, which was especially used for accompanying voices at the time of Monteverdi. It has a very flat bridge for bowing 3-5 strings at once. 


My Lirone is based on an instrument by Antonius Brensius, Bologna 1592, which is in the Musikinstrumentenmuseum in Leipzig. This instrument I find ideal as a starting point for a Lirone because of its wide, but short, body. I arrived at a string length of ca. 54 cm by examining the remains of another Lirone, which is in the same museum. I make the instrument with between 13–16 strings, according to personal preference. 


Body length 62.8 cm, string length ca. 54cm. 


' Henner's is the fourth lirone that I have owned over the past 20 years and it is definitely the most beautiful and flexible one that I have ever played; it easily responds to all variations of pressure and bowspeed, making the mesa di voce, the esclamazione, the piano and all other nuances effortless and three-dimensional. Especially unique to this instrument is its 'throaty' quality, as if it has a real voice, something that is essential for an instrument whose main role is to accompany singers.' (Erin Headley) 

Violworks - Henner Harders, Susanne Küster

Mansfelder Strasse 48 | D-16949 Putlitz / Mansfeld

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