Flûte Ouverte French

An open flute of wood or metal, found at a variety of octave-sounding pitches, but most commonly at 4'. Williams dates it from the 16th and 17th centuries. Audsley, who should know better, claims that it is equivalent to the Open Diapason. Maclean equates it with the Pedal Open Wood. Skinner considers it a pedal stop.


Over half of the more than six dozen examples in Osiris are at 4' pitch, and over a quarter are at 8' pitch. There are seven examples at 16 pitch, three at 32', and two at 2'.

Flûte Ouverte 32', 16', 8', Pedal; Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Aeolian-Skinner 1949.

Flute Ouverte 32', 16', Pedal; Calvary Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Moller 1990.

Flute Ouverte 4', 2', Pedale; Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Casavant 1996.

Flute Ouverte 4', 2', Pedale; St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California, USA; Casavant 1985.

Flute Ouverte 16', Pedale; St. Sulpice, Paris, France; Cliquot 1781. (This is the earliest known example.)


Audsley[1]: Flûte Ouverte. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Flûte Ouverte. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Flûte Ouverte. Irwin[1]: Flûte Ouverte. Maclean[1]: Flûl;te Ouverte. Skinner[1]: XII Flûte Ouverte. Wedgwood[1]: Flûte Ouverte. Williams[1]: Glossary: Flauto.
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