Flügelhorn German
Fluegelhorn German

A rare reed stop of 8' pitch, imitative of the orchestral instrument of the same name. Maclean describes it as similar to the Cornopean, but of smoother tone. Sumner gives it a large scale and full, round tone; Irwin describes it as having “some of the warm timbre of the Horn stop and the mild brass overtones of the Trumpet”. Skinner describes it as follows:

A Cor d'Amour of larger scale than normal, having shallots like those of the conventional Oboe, with bodies of slender Trumpet form, closed at the top and tuned in the regular manner. Developed by the writer.


Osiris[1] contains about two dozen examples, all at 8' pitch except for one 4' extension. Over half are by E.M. Skinner or Aeolian-Skinner. The earliest examples are given below.

Flugelhorn 8', Swell; Smith Hall, Wells College, Aurora, New York, USA; Skinner 1906. Originally built for First Methodist Church, Ithaca, New York. Zinc and spotted metal, capped, 2 3/4" at CC, 5 flue trebles.

Flügel Horn 8', Solo; Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, New York, USA; Skinner 1910.

Flügelhorn 8', Hornwerk; St. Michaelis; Hamburg, Germany; Walcker 1912 (destroyed 1944). 88% tin, higher wind pressure [190mm?].

Flugel Horn 8', Solo; Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA; Austin 1915. Originally built for the Pan-Pacific Exposition.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Flugel Horn 8', Swell Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne


Irwin[1]: Flugelhorn. Maclean[1]: Flügelhorn. Skinner[1]: 57; XII Flugelhorn. Sumner[1]: Flugelhorn.
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