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Audsley lists Musicirgedeckt with the following description:

A name sometimes given by the old German organ-builders to a covered stop, of 8 ft. or 4 ft. pitch, yielding a peculiarly soft and sweet unimitative flute-tone. Schlimbach, a great authority on old stops, describes it thus: “Musicirgedackt. Die Bestimmung dieses Gedacts ist: zur Begleitung der Musik gebraucht zu werden. Man findet es zu 8 und 4 Fusston, still intonirt. Man vergleiche Kammerflöte.” [“Musicirgedeckt: The main use for this Gedackt is to accompany the musicians. It can be found at 8' and 4', the intonation is quiet. See Kammerflöte.”] This stop was probably identical with the later Gelindgedeckt.

Wedgwood describes it as “a soft [8'] accompanimental Gedeckt found in ancient German organs”, and implies that it was a synonym for Barem. Adlung equates it with the Barem, Gelindgedackt, Lieblichgedackt, and Stillgedackt.


All known examples are given below.

Musikgedackt 8', Chororgel; Kirche St. Kilian, Emskirchen, Germany; Steinmeyer 1965, Jann 2000. This stop is of wood.

Musikgedackt 4', Choir; Church of St. Hildegard, St. Ingbert, Germany?; Späth 1933, Mayer 1978-2004.

Musiziergedackt 8', Chor; Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw, Michigan, USA; Casavant 1962. This stop is of wood.


Adlung[1]: §120 Barem, §150 Gedakt, §168 Musicirgedackt. Audsley[1]: Musicirgedeckt. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Musiciergedeckt. Wedgwood[1]: Barem; Musicirgedackt.
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