Rauschende Zimbel German?
Rauschmixtur German?
Rauschcimbel German?
Rauschzimbel German?
Russzimbel German?

Williams describes Rauschende Zimbel as a basic Oberwerk chorus Mixture at St. Petri, Hamburg, Germany, 1548-50, and Russzimbel as “apparently a high Mixture at Essen Münsterkirche (1540)”. Grove says: “ ‘Rauschende Zimbel’ (Russzimbel etc) was an early term for, it seems, high Mixtures, perhaps with Tierce ranks.”

Rauschzimbel and Rauschmixture are mentioned only by Irwin in a list of mixture stops under the heading “Color Due To Stop Pitches”, with no definition.

The German word rauschend means “rustling” or “thundering”. The modern German word russ means “soot”, but may be an early synonym for rauschend.

See Zimbel, Rauschflöte. Rauschquinte.


No examples are known of Russzimbel or Rauschzimbel. Contributions welcome. The only known examples of the other names are given below.

Rauschende Zimbel III, Oberwerk; The Colloge of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA; Taylor & Boody 1985.

Rauschmixtur II (2-2/3' + 2'), Pedal; chancel organ, First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, California, USA; Schoenstein 1984.

Rauschcimbel III, Recit Expressive; Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Collegedale, Tennessee, USA; Brombaugh 1981-86.


Grove[1] Rauschpfeife. Irwin[1]: Appendix D. Williams[1]: Glossary: Rauschpfeife.
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