diapason

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Synonyms for diapason

either of the two main stops on a pipe organ

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I then gave Lys a piece of dried meat, and sitting inside the entrance, we dined as must have some of our ancient forbears at the dawning of the age of man, while far below the open diapason of the savage night rose weird and horrifying to our ears.
Above the nocturnal diapason of the teeming jungle sounded a dismal flapping of wings and over head, through the thick night, a shadowy form passed across the diffused light of the flaring camp-fire.
For those of us organists who do play this piece, it's endlessly fascinating to see the way Elgar manages and uses the various timbres of the orchestra, just as he might have mixed diapasons, organ strings, flutes, mixtures and reeds.
Gut diapasons work well for solo and chamber music, but in baroque operas the poor lone theorbo player must compete against the harpsichord and louder modern instruments, when originally there were probably so many theorbos and archlutes that, as one colorful historical account described, the collection of long necks poking out from the pit gave the appearance of the masts of ships in port.
How wonderful to hear and see that glorious instrument again, its huge pipes standing like proud sentinels over all they survey, its distinctively English-sounding diapasons and reeds as warm as a tweed jacket, and its various voices freshly tweaked to take account of the hall's enhanced acoustics.