Malcolm Farr Posted August 30, 2006 Share Posted August 30, 2006 I was going through some paperwork last night, and came across some notes that I made on an organ ramble some years ago. My comments on one instrument made me wonder about conventions (or lack thereof) in stop nomenclature. The seven-stop Swell was disposed as follows: Lieblich Gedact 8', Salicional 8', Flute 4', Octave Gamba 4', Mixture 2 ranks, Contra-Oboe 16' and Horn 8'. The Contra-Oboe began at tenor C and included an extra octave of pipes for use with the Swell Octave coupler. The stop disc was engraved differently from others in the department, and I assumed that the rank was originally an Oboe 8' that had been shifted an octave so as to do double duty. (Okay, that's a pretty shocking pun ...) Using a disc that says "Contra-Oboe" rather than, say, "Fagotto" or "Bassoon" was probably quite reasonable in the circumstances. However, I wondered about the Octave Gamba. The disc was clearly original, but the stop itself was a true octave to the Salicional. Why not simply call it "Salicet"? On the one hand, there was no Gamba 8' to which it stood as octave. On the other, there was no need to call it Octave anything, qua pitch indicator, as the designation 4' on the disc clearly took care of this. Do others find themselves intrigued or even miffed by such inconsistencies? Rgds MJF Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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