Artistry in Organ Voicing

Pedal

Contra Bourdon 32 – see Bourdon 16.

Resultant 32 – see Principal 16.

Bourdon 16 – Deep, rounded, and buzzing.  A distant hum.

Principal 16 – Like a Bourdon but where a Bourdon is rounded, the Principal has some square corners.  A truck idling just out of sight.

Lieblich Gedeckt 16 – Sweet, somewhat clear, yet still resonant in the higher registers.  The warble of a bluejay.

Lieblich Geschallt 8 – see Lieblich Gedeckt 16.

Octave 8 – Bright, cool and ringing, with piercing highs.  A chain printer in a bathroom.

Spitz Principal 8 – Warm and clear with a serrated edge.  Waxed paper around a comb.

Violoncello 8 – Warm and deep, with wide resonance.  A bowed ‘cello.

Choral Bass 4 – see Octave 8.

Gemshorn 4 – Brash, assertive, and vibrant with soothing, fluty roots.  A diesel train whistle.

Lieblich Flute 4 – see Lieblich Gedeckt 16.

Swell

Geigen Principal 8 – Warm and vibrant, with a clear, cool core.  A steam whistle.

Rohr Flute 8 – Clear, full, and whole with a nice, round polish.  An echo of a flute.

Salicional 8 – Warm, assertive, and penetrating with some fine serration.  A church choir with very nasal voices.

Vox Cœlestis 8 – Cool, shimmering, and mildly irritating.  Water spraying a pie tin.

Geigen Octave 4 – See Geigen Principal 8.

Gemshorn 4 – Brash, assertive, and vibrant with soothing, fluty roots.  A diesel train whistle.

Nacht Horn 4 – Cool, soft, and clear with a mournful, haunting tone.  A distant wolf howl.

Viola 4 – Warm and solid, with a steadiness of tone and sharp-edged shape.  A computer speaker.

Nazard 2 2/3 – Open, neutral, and fluty.  An inexpertly played recorder.

Block Flute 2 – see Nacht Horn 4.

Flautino 2 – Clear, unpretentious, sharp-edged.  A whistle.

Larigot 1 1/3 – see Nazard 2 2/3.

 

Great

Bourdon 16 – Deep, rounded, and buzzing.  A distant hum.

Contra Principal 16 – Like a Bourdon but where a Bourdon is rounded, the Principal has some square corners.  A truck idling just out of sight.

Gedeckt 8 – Cool and pleasant, with a rounded flute tone.  Someone humming enthusiastically.

Principal 8 – Bright, cool and ringing, with piercing highs.  A chain printer in a bathroom.

Spitz Principal 8 – Warm and clear with a serrated edge.  Waxed paper around a comb.

Gedeckt 4 – see Gedeckt 8.

Octave 4 – see Principal 8.

Spitz Octave 4 – see Spitz Principal 8.

Viola 4 – Warm and solid, with a steadiness of tone and sharp-edged shape.  A computer speaker.

Twelfth 2 2/3 – see Principal 8.

Octavin 2 – Shouting, clear, and boisterous.  A semi truck horn.

Wald Flute 2 – An echoing, pleasant flute with an unadorned finish.  Owls hooting in the woods at night.

Nineteenth 1 1/3 – see Principal 8.

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