Voix Céleste French
Vox Céleste (unknown)
Vox Coelestis Latin
Voz Celeste Spanish
Voix Lumineuse French
Vox Celestis Latin

The ubiquitous Voix Céleste is typically a single rank of pipes yielding a mild string tone, found in Swell divisions and intended for use with a Salicional or Viola da Gamba. The name was coined in France in the 1840's; a few writers inappropriately use it as a generic term for all celestes.

See also Salicional Celeste.

Examples

Osiris contains about five hundred examples of Voix Celeste, about six dozen examples of Vox Coelestis, four dozen of Vox Celeste, three dozen of Voz Celeste, and seven of Vox Celestis. No examples are known of Voix Lumineuse, a name mentioned only by Wedgwood. are known. Contributions welcome.

Voix Celeste 8', Positif; La Madeleine, Paris, France; Cavaillé-Coll 1846.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Voix Céleste 8', Récit Expressive (alone) St. Bernhard, Mainz, Germany Cavaillé-Coll, 1872-1892 arpeggio St. Anne
Voix Céleste 8' + Viole de Gambe, Récit Expressive St. Bernhard, Mainz, Germany Cavaillé-Coll, 1872-1892 arpeggio St. Anne
Voix Celeste 8', Swell (alone) St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Brindley & Foster 1907 arpeggio St. Anne
Voix Celeste 8' + Viola di Gamba 8', Swell St. Anne's Church, Moseley, Birmingham, England Brindley & Foster 1907 arpeggio St. Anne
Voix Celeste 8' + Salicional 8', Swell Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Voix Celeste 8', Swell (alone) First Baptist Church, Riverside, California, USA Schantz, 1966 arpeggio
Voix Celeste 8' + Gambe 8', Swell First Baptist Church, Riverside, California, USA Schantz, 1966 arpeggio St. Anne
Voix Céleste 8', Swell Culver Academies, Indiana, USA Burger & Shafer 1972; Möller pipes arpeggio St. Anne

Bibliography

Audsley[1]: Voix Celeste. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Voix Celeste. Bonavia-Hunt[1]: Voix Celestes. Grove[1]: Voix Celeste. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 579-580. Irwin[1]: Voix Celeste. Locher[1]: Voix Celeste. Maclean[1]: Voix Celeste. Skinner[1]: 27, 28; XII Voix Celeste. Sumner[1]: Voix Celeste. Wedgwood[1]: Voix Céleste; Voix Lumineuse. Williams[1]: Glossary: Piffaro.
 
Original website compiled by Edward L. Stauff. For educational use only.
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