Clarion English
Clairon French
Clarín Spanish
Clarino Italian
Clarone Italian
Klarin (unknown)
Klaroen Dutch
Scarpa (unknown)
Trombetta Italian
Trompeta Alta Spanish
Trumpet Clarion English
Trompette Clarion French/English

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A chorus reed of 4' pitch, essentially an octave Trumpet. The word Clarion is also used as a modifier for a variety of reed stops (not all of them chorus reeds) to indicate a stop of octave pitch; for example Oboe Clarion. The name Trompette Clarion, mentioned only by Irwin in a stoplist in his entry for Trompette Harmonique, is an inappropriate combination of French and English; nevertheless, it has been used in at least one organ (see examples below).


Bajoncillo y Clarín
Clairon en Chamade
Clairon Harmonique
Clarin de Bajos
Clarin de Batalla
Clarin de Ecos
Clarin Claro
Clarín de Mar
Clarin Fuerte
Clarin Pardo
Clarin Real
Clarin Sordino
Clarin Suave
Clarion Harmonic
Corno Clarion
Echo Clarion
Harmonic Clarion
Octave Clarion
Tromba Clarion
Tuba Clarion


Osiris contains about 280 examples of the name Clairon, about 225 examples of Clarion, and nine of Clarino. Of the name Clarín there are about 60 at 8' pitch, 40 at 4' pitch, and 5 at 2'; five out of six are in Spanish organs. No examples of Klarin or Scarpa are known. Of the other names, all known examples are listed below.

Klaroen 4', Pedaalwerk; St. Bavo Cathedral, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Holland; Joseph Adema 1925.

Klaroen 4', Hoofdwerk & Zwelwerk; Bates Recital Hall, University Of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA; Visser-Rowland.

Klaroen 4', Pedaal; St. John's, Schiedam, Netherlands; Neijenhoff 1600's.

Klaroen 4', Hoodfwerk; Sint-Salvatorcollegiale, Brugge, Belgium; various 1719-1988.

Clarone 4', Pedal; Nostra Signora della Consolazione, Genova, Italy; Locatelli 1880.

Clarone 4' (bass), Organo Principale; Cathedral of Santa Maria, Bastia, Italy; Serassi 1844.

Clarone 4', Pedal; St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy; Tamburini 1954-1962.

Clarone 4', Gran Organo, Recitativo; Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico; Tamburini 1958.

Trompeta Alta 4' (en chamade), Solo; Nihon Hosoo Kyoka, Tokyo, Japan; Schuke 1973.

Trompeta Alta 4', Bombardenwerk; Konzerthaus, Bamberg, Germany; Jann 1993.

Trompeta Alta 4', Bombardwerk; Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lapa, Porto, Portugal; Jann 1995.

Trombetta 4', Organ Primo & Pedale; St. Luke's Chapel, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA; Moller 1930.

Trompette Clarion 4', Solo; Spreckles Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, California; Austin 1915.

Trumpet Clarion 4', Solo; Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; Midmer-Losh 1929-32.

Clarín 4', Gran Organo; Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain; de la Viqa 1708-12. This is the earliest known example of this name.

Clarin 4', Hauptwerk; Dom, Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, Freiberg, Germany; Silbermann 1710-1714.

Clarion 1' [sic], Pedal; Protestant Church, Utrecht; unknown 1826.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Clarion 4', Great Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Clarion 4', Swell Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Clarion 4', Great St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Nicholson, 1969 arpeggio St. Anne


Adlung[1]: §202 Tromba. Audsley[1]: Clairon; Clarin; Clarion. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Clarion; II.XXXVIII Clarion. Bedos[1]: § 188, 190-191, 199, 267, 967-976. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Clarion; Trumpet. Douglass[1]: 85, 89, 91-92, 96, 108, 112. Grove[1]: Clarin; Clarinet; Clarion. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 654. Irwin[1]: Clarion; Trompette en Chamade. Locher[1]: Clairon; Trumpet. Maclean[1]: Clarion; Trompetería. Skinner[1]: XII Clarion. Strony[1]: Clarion. Sumner[1]: Clairon. Wedgwood[1]: Clarion; Scarpa. Williams[1]: Glossary: Clarin, Trommet.
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