Weidenflöte German
Weidenpfeife German

Most sources describe these names as synonyms for Salicional, from the Latin word salix (“willow”). Audsley reports that its name means “willow flute”, describing it as a metal flue stop of “extremely small scale and soft intonation”. While this description is consistent with Sumner's and Wedgwood's definitions, Audsley goes on to conjecture that its name implies a flute tone, which is incorrect: a Salicional could never be mistaken for a flute.


Osiris contains thirteen examples of Weidenpfeife, all at 8' pitch except for one at 2' pitch, and only one example of Weidenflöte.

Weidenflöte 2', Kronwerk; Luitpoldhalle, Nurnburg, Germany; Walcker 1936 (destroyed).

Weidenpfeife 2', Schwellpedal; Luitpoldhalle, Nurnburg, Germany; Walcker 1936 (destroyed).

Weidenpfeife 8', Oberwerk; Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University, Yorkshire, England; Grant, Degens & Bradbeer 1969.

Weidenpfeife 8', Schwellwerk; Concert Hall, Magdeburg, Germany; Jehmlich 1995.


Audsley[1]: Weidenflöte. Maclean[1]: Weidenflöte. Sumner[1]: Weidenpfeife. Wedgwood[1]: Salicional.
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