Dulciana Celeste English

Listed only by Irwin, who says:

An undulating manual stop of 8' composed of two ranks of Dulciana pipes, sometimes voiced especially for the céleste function. Since this is a dull céleste, it is more useful at a slow undulation, which will impair its timbre and the timbres of other stops less. It is usually normal-sharp, but normal-flat is also head in some examples. The sharp-flat pattern does not leave a normal rank free for combination. This sedate, quiet, somewhat colorless stop makes and ideal background and accompaniment tone.

Bonavia-Hunt mentions the stop, saying:

The earliest form of céleste consists of two dulcianas, which tuned to beat at a slow pulsation rate gave a pleasing effect. This type of céleste was in vogue for many years (often labelled �vox angelica�) until the introduction of string tone of the viol type suggested the string or violes célestes.

Variants

Echo Dulciana Celeste

Examples

Dulciana Celeste 8', Choir; Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina, USA; Aeolian 1930.

Dulciana Celeste 8', Swell; St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA; Austin 1925-1982.

Dulciana Celeste 8', Choir; Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey, USA; Skinner 1927-8.

Bibliography

Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Voix Celestes. Irwin[1]: Celeste; Dulciana Celeste.
 
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