Nineteenth English
Decima Nona Italian
Quint French, German
Superquint[e] (unknown)
Disdiapente Greek?
Dotzena Nazarda Spanish
Octava de Nasardos Spanish
Octave Twelfth English
Quintanus (unknown)

These names are given to a mutation stop of 1-1/3' pitch. While many sources equate the Nineteenth with the Larigot, properly speaking the former is a principal and the latter a flute. The name Quint is more properly a synonym for Fifth.


Osiris contains 16 examples of Decimanona (three at 2-2/3' manual pitch), 15 examples of Nineteenth, and 8 examples of Superquint[e] (one at 2-2/3' manual pitch); the earliest ones are listed below. The same source contains two examples of Quintanus. No examples are known of Disdiapente, Dotzena Nazarda, Octava de Nasardos, or Octave Twelfth.

Decimanona 2-2/3', Manual; Church of San Giuseppe, Brescia, Italy; Antegnati 1581.

Decimanona, Manual; Santa Maria della Consolaziona (St. Nicola), Bergamo, Italy; Antegnati 1588.

Decimanona 1-1/3', Manual; San Carlo, Brescia, Italy; Antegnati c1630.

Quintanus 1-1/2', Borstwerk; St. Michaels Church (Grote Kerk), Zwolle, Netherlands; Schnitger 1721.

Quintanus 1-1/2', Rugpositief; Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, Netherlands; Schnitger 1725.

Superquinte 1-1/3', Schwellwerk; St. Reinoldi, Dortmund, Germany; Walcker 1909 (destroyed).

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Qvinta 1-1/2' [1-1/3'], Hinterwerk Reinhardtsgrimma, Sachsen, Germany Silbermann, 1731 arpeggio
Quint 1-1/3' Chamber Organ, Germany Ott, 2003 arpeggio


Adlung[1]: §135 Decima nona, §136 Disdiapente, §179 Quinta. Audsley[1]: Decima; Larigot; Nineteenth; Octave. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Diezmonovena; Larigot; Nineteenth; Octave. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Nineteenth. Grove[1]: Diez; Larigot; Nineteenth. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 618. Irwin[1]: Nineteenth. Locher[1]: Larigot. Maclean[1]: Larigot. Skinner[1]: XII Larigot. Sumner[1]: Larigot; Nineteenth. Wedgwood[1]: Decima Nona; Diezmonovena; Larigot. Williams[1]: Glossary: Decem; Diez; Larigot; Nasardo; Octava.
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