The glockenspiel is a set of metal (steel) bars arranged like a piano keyboard.
The bars sit in order of length, like the piano’s strings: the shorter ones sound higher notes and the longer ones sound lower notes.
To play it
You stand over it and strike the bars with beaters, usually made of plastic or brass.
It makes a tinkling, bright, cheerful sound.
Do You Know?
See if you can answer the questions below!
● What are the bars of a glockenspiel made from?
● Which word best describes the sound of the glockenspiel?
● What is used to strike the bars?
● Where is the pedal?
● Which composer used the glockenspiel in a ballet called The Nutcracker?
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Selected Glockenspiel Extracts
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II. Chinese Dance (extract)
The glockenspiel tinkles with the flute in a quick dance.
Performers: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenárd
Taken from Naxos 8.550515