Dolce Cornet English?

Audsley lists this top with the following description:

This stop, as the name implies, is compound, harmonic-corroborating, and sweet-voiced. It is properly formed of several ranks of very small-scaled open metal pipes, yielding a soft, singing quality of tone. When extreme softness is required, the ranks should be octave- and fifth-sounding only: but when a more assertive tone is desired, a third-sounding rank should appear in every break, as in the following example of five ranks:

Dolce Cornet - V. Ranks.

c3-c4 1 8 10 12 15
f#2-b3 1 8 12 15 17
f#1-f2 8 12 15 17 19
CC-f1 12 15 17 19 22
 
It will be observed that the introduction of the Seventeenth makes the stop a Sesquialtera in all save the top octave. Artistically voiced and scientifically graduated in tone this Cornet would be extremely valuable in refined registration. The following is a satisfactory composition for a Cornet of four ranks, octave- and fifth-sounding:

Dolce Cornet - IV. Ranks.

g#3-c4 1 8 12 15
c1-g3 8 12 15 19
C-B 12 15 19 22
CC-BB 15 19 22 26
 

Irwin also lists this stop, with this description:

A soft compound manual stop made from several ranks of specially designed Dolce pipes, the fifth-sounding being softer than the octave-sounding. This is a useful accompaniment and timbre-creating stop. It may also be designed as a solo stop. Middle C speaks these notes:
Example #1III4' + 2-2/3' + 2'
Example #2III2-2/3' + 2' + 1-3/5'
Example #3IV 8' + 4' + 2-2/3' + 2'
Example #4IV 4' + 2' + 1-1/3' + 1'

Variants

Dolce Grand Cornet

Examples

Osiris[1] contains over two dozen examples of two to five ranks.

Bibliography

Audsley[1]: Dolce Cornet. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Dolce Cornet. Irwin[1]: Dolce Cornet.
 
Original site compiled by Edward L. Stauff. For educational use only.
DolceCornet.html - Last updated 4 October 2000.
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