Flûte à Fuseau French

Audsley lists this stop with the following description:

A metal labial stop, of 8 ft. and 4 ft. pitch, yielding an unimitative flute-tone, the pipes of which are tapered or spindle-shaped, hence the name. An example exists on the Fourth Manual of the Organ in the Church of Saint-Nicholas, at Blois. The Flûte à Fuseau is practically the same as the German Spindelflöte.

Irwin describes it thus: “An open Flute of 8', 4', or 2' on the manuals, with a moderately bright but soft tone formed from half-covered or conical pipes.” Sumner[1] claims it to be a synonym for Spitzflöte (Flûte à Fusée).

See Nasard à Fuseau.


Osiris contains forty two examples at 4' pitch, five at 8', and four at 2'. All of the examples are from the 20th century, and all of the 2' examples are by Wolff.


Audsley[1]: Flûte à Fuseau. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Flûte à Fuseau. Irwin[1]: Flûte à Fuseau. Sumner[1]: Spitzflöte.
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