Hölzernes Gelächter German
Hültze Glechter German

Williams describes an organ scheme devised by Arnold Schlick around 1500 that contained the following stop:

hültze glechter (hölzernes Gelächter), an unusual stop �whose sound resembles that of small boys hitting a pot with a spoon�. Perhaps a (wooden) Glockenspiel which could be made of many materials, including glass; but possibly a flute Mixture or single-rank-high wide Flageolet such as made the �anvil� effect at Görlitz in about 1700 when drawn with the Quintadena 16'.

Maclean further speculates that it may have been a tremulant (�with a noisy clatter?�) or a joke stop like the Fuchsschwanz, and translates the name as �wooden clappers�. A modern German dictionary, however, translates gelachter as �laughter�, not �clappers�.


None known. Contributions welcome.


Irwin[1]: Appendix D. Maclean[1]: Hultze Glechter. Williams[1]: 61.
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