Dessus de Flûte French
Dessus de Flûte Allemande French

Williams describes Dessus de Flûte as follows:

A common treble 8' stop in the 18th-cent. French classical organs, Pos. [Positif] or G.O. [Grand Orgue]; sometimes a Spitzflöte and/or Rohrflöte; if open, the mouths are narrow and the cut-ups high. An important stop; Bédos recommends three 8ves' compass.

Grove considers it to be imitative, and Douglass says “Until the introduction of the Dessus de Flûte 8', it was not customary for Flûtes 8' or 4' to be open.” The word dessus means “treble”, and indicates that the stop plays only in the treble.

Dessus de Flûte Allemande was found in a stoplist (see below), but no definition has yet been found.

See Dessus de ..., Flûte.


Dessus de Flûte 8', Positif; Chapelle des Jacobins, Paris, France; 1715.

Dessus de flûte allemande 8', Grand Orgue; Chapelle de L'Ecole Militaire, Paris, France; Adrien L'Epine 1772.


Douglass[1]: 86, 88. Grove[1]: Flauto. Williams[1]: Glossary: Flauto.
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