Cloches French?

Mentioned only by Irwin, who describes it as “small metal bars, single stroke”. He refers to a tuned percussion stop in which the bars are struck by hammers, actuated by an electrical or pneumatic mechanism. The French word means “bells”. It is not clear how this stop differs from the Glockenspiel.


All known examples are listed below.

Cloches, Solo; Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll 1912.

Cloches, Grand Orgue, Solo Expressif, Pedale; First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA; Moller 1988.

Cloches, Grand Orgue; First Presbyterian Church, Alton, Illinois, USA; Dial 1991.

Cloches, Great; St. John Lutheran Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Berghaus 1992.

Cloches, Grand Orgue; St. John's Episcopal Church, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Austin 1996.

Cloches, Grand Orgue, Choeur, Pedale; Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Casavant 1996.


Irwin[1]: Percussions.
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