One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- French term for vox angelica
- ‘His designs rejected the baroque model in favour of a more expressive and ` romantic’ instrument, of which a new, highly sensitive swell mechanism, his deployment of the voix celestes and voix humaine stops and a distinctive character he imparted to swell reeds were the most significant features.’
- ‘He spoke of the Salicional, voix celestes, vox angelica and lieblich gedact as stops of distinctive character.’
- ‘Eventually a new motherboard was fitted which sorted that problem but killed three other stops - unda maris and voix celeste which I don't really care for anyway, and the 12 th on the Swell which I was a bit sorry to lose.’
Late 19th century: French voix céleste, literally ‘heavenly voice’.
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