Trompeta Imperial Spanish
Trompeta Magna Spanish

Williams describes these stops as “16' or 32' manual trumpets in the treble compass only (i.e. the 32' was as an 8' trumpet beginning at c1), probably always en chamade in those exceptional instruments to contain them.” Grove says: “Trompeta magna ... and Trompeta imperial were horizontal Trumpets, often of suboctave pitches (16', even 32', in the treble).” Imperial has the same meaning in English; magna means “great”.


Osiris contains dozens of examples of Trompeta Magna, nearly all at 16' pitch, a few at 8' pitch, and many en chamade, but only two examples of Trompeta Imperial.

Trompeta Imperial 8', 32', Trompeteria; Wuertzburg Cathedral, Wuerzburg, Germany; Klais 1968. 1-24 8', 25-58 32'.

Trompeta Imperial 8/32 [sic], Trompeteria; Kaiserdom, Frankfurt, Germany; Klais 1994. Divided b0/c1.

Trompeta Magna 16', Manual right; Cathedral, Roda de Isabena, Huesca, Spain; Peruga 1653.

Trompeta Magna 16', Manual right; Parroquia, Frechilla, Palencia, Spain; Banayas 1691. May have been added in 1788.


Grove[1]: Trommet. Maclean[1]: Trompetería. Williams[1]: Glossary: Trommet.
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