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Most orchestral glockenspiels are mounted in a case.
Most orchestral glockenspiels are mounted in a case.
Musician playing a bell lyre at front left; Sousaphone at behind right.
Musician playing a bell lyre at front left; Sousaphone at behind right.

The glockenspiel (German, "play of bells", also known as orchestra bells and, in its portable form, bell lira or bell lyre) is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It is similar to the xylophone, in that it has tuned bars laid out in a fashion resembling a piano keyboard. The xylophone's bars are wooden, while the glockenspiel's are metal, thus making it a metallophone. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1042x544, 85 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Glockenspiel ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1042x544, 85 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Glockenspiel ... Musicians playing Glockenspiel (front left) and Sousaphone (back right), on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Musicians playing Glockenspiel (front left) and Sousaphone (back right), on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Sousaphone player in Washington Square, New York City The sousaphone is a type of tuba often used in a marching band. ... A bell is a simple sound-making device. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... “Percussion” redirects here. ... Kulintang a Kayo, a Philippine xylophone The xylophone (from the Greek meaning wooden sound) is a musical instrument in the percussion family which probably originated in Indonesia. ... The musical keyboard, also known as the piano keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which produce notes. ... Generally speaking, a metallophone is any musical instrument consisting of tuned metal bars which are struck to make sound, usually with a mallet. ...


In Germany, a Carillon is also called a Glockenspiel. For the University of Regina student newspaper, see The Carillon. ...


The glockenspiel, moreover, is much smaller and higher in pitch. When used in a marching or military band, the bars are sometimes mounted in a portable case and held vertically. In orchestral use, the bars are mounted horizontally. A pair of hard mallets is generally used to strike the bars, although if laid out horizontally, a keyboard may be attached to the instrument to allow chords to be more easily played. Pitch is the perceived fundamental frequency of a sound. ... For the song titled Orchestra, see The Servant (band). ... A pair of drum sticks. ... Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ...


The glockenspiel's range is limited to the upper register, and usually covers about two and a half to three octaves. In sheet music, the notes to be played by the glockenspiel are written two octaves lower than they will sound when played. When struck, the bars give a very pure, bell-like sound. For other uses, see Octave (disambiguation). ... Sheet music is written representation of music. ...


Glockenspiels are still quite popular and appear in almost all genres of music ranging from hip hop to jazz.


One classical piece where such an instrument is used is Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (although the part has most often been played with a celesta in modern times). A modern example of the glockenspiel is Steve Reich's 1974 composition Drumming, in which the glockenspiel becomes a major instrument in the 3rd and 4th movements. “Mozart” redirects here. ... Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ... French type, four-octave Celesta The Celesta (IPA ) is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard. ... Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer. ...


Other instruments which work on the same struck-bar principle as the glockenspiel include the marimba and the vibraphone. There are also many glockenspiel-like instruments in Indonesian gamelan ensembles. The marimba ( ) is a musical instrument in the percussion family. ... A typical Ludwig-Musser vibraphone. ... Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included. ...


External links

  • Glockenspiel at the Vienna Symphonic Library

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Glockenspiel - LoveToKnow 1911 (446 words)
The pyramid-shaped glockenspiel, formerly used in the orchestra for simple rhythmical effects, consists of an octave of semitone, hemispherical bells, placed one above the other and fastened to an iron rod which passes through the centre of each, the bells being of graduated sizes and diminishing in diameter as the pitch rises.
The lyre-shaped glockenspiel, or steel harmonica (Stahlharmonika), is a newer model, which has instead of bells twelve or more bars of steel, graduating in size according to their pitch.
Wagner has used the glockenspiel with exquisite judgment in the fire scene of the last act of Die Walkiire and in the peasants' waltz in the last scene of Die Meistersinger.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Glockenspiel (805 words)
The glockenspiel (German, "play of bells", also known as orchestra bells and, in its portable form, bell lira or bell lyre) is a musical instrument in the percussion family.
A modern example of the glockenspiel is Steve Reich's 1974 composition Drumming, in which the glockenspiel becomes a major instrument in the 3rd and 4th movements.
The glockenspiel (German, "play of bells", also known as orchestra bells and (in its portable form) lyra) is a musical instrument in the percussion family.
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