Registration (music)

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The registration is called in music

  • a selection from a set of registers to be used when performing a (part of) piece of music . Usually, the term registration is only used if a largely free choice can be made from the totality of the available registers.
  • the process of actually selecting the registers (“registering”).

Registration is a characteristic feature of organ , harmonium and harpsichord playing , where it determines the timbre and volume. As the number of to be drawn or abzustoßenden registers when changing the registration the player support so-called combination or, in their absence, are not sufficient or despite playing aids can not be operated, one or two registrants .

Under Einregistrieren refers to the establishment of an organ piece to a particular organ by the exporting organist. This is a necessary process because no two organs are alike. Depending on the size of the organ, the technical devices available such as composers and the literature played (see organ music ), registering a one-hour organ concert can take several hours. A registration sample is a rehearsal with registrants in which the exact chronological sequence of register changes and registration processes is practiced.

There are - depending on the era and musical landscape - standard registrations such as plenum , fonds doux or grand chœur . Detailed register instructions by composers in the musical text have been in use since the 17th century .


  • Ferdinand Klinda: organ registration. Sound design of organ music . Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden 1995, ISBN 978-3-7651-0212-7 .

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