Quintaden English?
Quintadena German
Quintadene French?
Quintadeen Dutch?
Quintadeens (unknown)
Quintadema English?
Quintadiner French
Schällenpfeifen German
Scheelpijpen Dutch

A stopped flute of 16', 8' or 4' pitch, usually made of metal, in which the 3rd harmonic (twelfth) is prominent. The most common name is Quintadena. Several sources consider these names to be synonymous Quintaten and Quintade, a claim supported by actual usage, though Sumner calls the Quintadena a “small quintaten”, and Irwin maintains that it contains more twelfth than the Quintaten or Quintade, and is louder overall. The name Schallenpfeifen means “bell pipes”, and refers to the tone rather than the form of the pipes.

See also Baarpijp.


Quintadena Celeste


Osiris contains three examples of Quintadene, sixteen of Quintaden, 47 of Quintadeen, and over 300 of Quintadena, most at 16' pitch. No examples of Quintadeens, Quintadiner, Schallenpfeifen or Scheelpijpen are known. Contributions welcome.

Quintadene 16', Oberwerk; St. Jacobi, Lüdingworth, Germany; Wilde 1598.

Quintadene 8', Bombarde; St. Eustache, Paris, France; Ducroquet-Barker 1849-1854.

Quintadene 8', Solo Expressif; Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland; Ziegler 1949.

Quintaden 16', 8', Rückpositiv; Marienkirche, Stralsund, Germany; Stellwagen 1653-59.

Quintaden 16, Hauptwerk; Marienkirche, Marienhafe, Germany; von Holy 1710-1713 (restored 1966-69, 1987-88).

Quintaden 16', 8', Oberwerk; Dom, Freiberg, Germany; Silbermann 1710-1714. (A different source spells these stops Quintadena.)

Quintadena 16', Great; Quintadena 8', Choir, Echo; New Church, Amsterdam, Netherlands; van Goor 1673.

Quintadema 8', Swell; Musical Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Qvintadena 8', Hauptwerk Reinhardtsgrimma, Sachsen, Germany Silbermann, 1731 arpeggio St. Anne
Quintadena 8', Manual II University of Illinois, USA Buzard, 1986 arpeggio St. Anne

See also sound clips for Quintaten.


Adlung[1]: §180 Quintadön. Audsley[1]: Quintadena. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Quintadena. Grove[1]: Quintadena. Irwin[1]: Quintadena. Maclean[1]: Quintaton. Skinner[1]: XII Quintadena. Strony[1]: Quintadena. Sumner[1]: Quintadena. Wedgwood[1]: Quintatön. Williams[1]: Glossary: Quintadena.
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