Flute Quint English
Quint Flute English
Quinte-Flûte French
Quintflöte German
Quintfluit Dutch

A fifth-sounding flute stop. Audsley and Irwin give its pitches as 2-2/3', 5-1/3' or 10-2/3'; examples at 1-1/3' pitch are also known. Williams calls Quinte-Flûte “a fairly common name in the 16th-cent. French organ”. Irwin claims that the Flute Quint is either a Gedeckt or a flute-diapason hybrid, though the only known example, one Irwin had almost certainly encountered, does not match his description (see below).

The name Quintfluit does not appear in the literature, but we assume it to be a synonym. There are other definitions for the name Quint Flute.

Compare with Quintflute, Twelfth.


Osiris contains 22 examples of Quintflöte at 2-2/3' pitch, 19 at 1-1/3' pitch, and one each at 5-1/3' and 10-2/3'; four examples of Quint Flute at 1-1/3' pitch, and two at 10-2/3'; and two examples of Quinte-Flûte. The earliest examples are given below.

Quintflöte 1-1/3', Rück-positiv; Katherinenkirche, Hamburg, Germany; Stellwagen 1543. May have been a later addition.

Quintflöte 2-2/3', Hauptwerk; Abbey, Muri, Switzerland; Schott 1630. May have been a later addition.

Quintfloit 3', Brustpositiv; St. Jacobi, Lüdingworth, Germany; Wilde 1598.

Quint Flute 10-2/3', Pedal; Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Hook 1875. This is the earliest known example of this name.

Flute Quint 10-2/3', Pedal; Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey; USA; Midmer-Losh 1929-32. Unified from an 8' Clarabella, this is the only known example of this name.

Quinte Flute 2-2/3', Solo; Calvary Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Moller 1990.

Quinte Flute 2-2/3', Solo; Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California, USA; Ruffatti.


Audsley[1]: Quint Flute. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Quintflöte. Irwin[1]: Flute Quint. Maclean[1]: Quintflöte. Skinner[1]: XII Quint Flute. Wedgwood[1]: Quintflöte. Williams[1]: Glossary: Nasard.
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