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Dolcissimo Italian (Primary)

Dulcissima Latin

Echo Dolce Italian

Flauto Dolcissimo Italian


Authorities disagree on the definition of this stop. Audsley lists Dolcissimo with the following description: The term appropriately used to designate the softest flute-toned stop made. The extended term, Flauto Dolcissimo, will, however, be found more expressive, especially if the stop is voiced to yield an imitative tone - that of the orchestral Flute played pianissimo. In its best orm, the Dolcissimo is of 8 ft. pitch, constructed of small-scaled hard wood pipes, having very narrow inverted mouths. It should be voiced on wind of low pressure, not exceeding 2 1/2 inches, preferably of 1 1/2 inches. Wedgwood describes Dolcissimo and Dulcissima as follows: �16 ft.; 8 ft. (1) Echo Dulciana (Brooklyn Tabernacle, U.S.A.); or (2) Swell Bourdon, 16 ft., borrowed as a pedal stop (e.g. by Binns).�



No examples of Dulcissima, Echo Dolce, or Flauto Dolcissimo are known. Contributions welcome.

Dolcissimo 4', Echo; Church of St Batholomew, Armley, England; Schulze 1866-69.
Dolcissimo 8' (metal), Great; St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Newcastle, Maine, USA; Hutchings 1888.
Dolcissimo 8', Hauptwerk; St. Marienkirche, Marienberg, Erzgebirge, Germany; Schubert 1879.
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