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date: 19 November 2019

Lemme, Friedrich Carl Wilhelm locked

  • Anne Beetem Acker


(b Brunswick, Germany, Sept 18, 1746; d Brunswick, Dec 27, 1815). German organ builder and clavichord and piano maker. Lemme trained with his father and took over the workshop after his father’s death, in 1780. He was the organist at St Catherine’s Church in Brunswick by 1771, and at St Magnus Church by 1775. In the Braunschweigischen Anzeigen (8 Nov 1789) he advertised three inventions: for unfretted clavichords, straight key levers that were more durable and allowed a lighter, faster touch; a laminated soundboard invented with his father in 1771; and an oval clavichord. The workshop had produced more than 800 instruments by 1787. In the Musikalisher Almanach für Deutschland auf das Jahr 1782, Forkel praised Lemme’s instruments for their fine workmanship and tone.

In 1786, Lemme asked the Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg to allow his instruments to bear the Duke’s coat-of-arms to distinguish them from forgeries being sold by competitors. Permission was granted and in the ...

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