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Audsley lists these names with the following description:

“A curved brass trumpet, clarion, used by cavalry” (Nall). - The name that has been used by old German organ-builders to designate a lingual stop yielding a piercing tone. It is described by Seidel: “Litice oder Lituus ist einerlei mit Zink, Krummhorn, oder Cornett.” Schlimbach agrees with this definition. Now obsolete.

Seidel's remark translates as: “Litice or Lituus is the same as Zink, Krummhorn, or Cornett.” Adlung lists Litice and Lituus separately, describing the former as a synonym for the reed form of Cornet, and the latter as a synonym for Krummhorn, Schallmey and Zink. Other sources confirm that Zink and Cornett are synonymous. However, by Seidel's and Schlimbach's time (1840's), the Krummhorn was (and remains) a different stop altogether.

Wedgwood also lists these names, saying:

“a kind of crooked Trumpet, uttering a schrill sound, a clarion” (Adams). A Zink or Krummhorn.

He also lists these names as synonyms for Zink.


All known examples are given below. Contributions welcome.

Lituus 8', Fanfara; Collegiata di Lucolena, Italy; Tamburini 1935. A high-pressure Zink with a powerful tone.


Adlung[1]: §166 Litice, Lituus, §186 Schallmey. Audsley[1]: Litice. Wedgwood[1]: Litice; Zink.
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