Flûte Bouchée Harmonique French

Maclean lists this stop with the following description:

A former speciality of the estimable British firm of Rushworth & Dreaper, to whom the writer is indebted for kindly supplying the following details of construction. The pipes are made up from pine sides with mahogany facing. The 8 ft. octave is of normal Gedeckt formation with solid stoppers. The next nineteen pipes are open with inverted mouths. From Mid. G to the top the pipes are stopped harmonic with inverted mouths, being three times the length of normal stopped pipes of the same pitch. Scales are as follows:
CC4 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.
TC2 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.
Mid. C2 x 1 1/2 in.
Mid. G2 x 1 3/4 in. (harmonic)
The tone is of exceptional beauty and purity, and the firm deserves every credit for such a valuable addition to the organ Flute family. There was a fine specimen at St. Mark's, North Audley Street, London.

Bonavia-Hunt also describes it in his entry for Zauberflöte:

At the present time, Messrs. Rushworth & Dreaper are introducing a powerful wooden example [of zauberflöte] on heavy pressure, labelled “flûte bouchée harmonique.” There is a remarkably fine 4ft. specimen in the solo division of the Westminster Chapel organ, Buckingham Gate, S.W., on 8in. wind. In the concert organ built by this firm for King George's Hall, Blackburn, there is ... a flûte bouchée harmonique 4ft. ... on the enclosed solo division on 6in.

The name means “stopped harmonic flute”.

See also Flûte Bouchée, Harmonic Gedeckt.


Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Zauberflöte; Maclean[1]: Flûte Bouchée Harmonique. Sumner[1]: Flûte Bouchée Harmonique
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