celesta

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[French, ]
A keyboard instrument invented in Paris in 1886 which resembles a miniature upright piano. It is a percussion instrument, sounded by mallets which strike steel tuning forks set in a soundbox. The mallets are controlled by a keyboard. The range is from the c' on the bass clef staff to c''''' above the treble clef staff. The celesta sounds one octave higher than the written notes.

Example

Dmitri Shostakovich: Ballet suite No. 1, "Music Box Waltz"


Joseph-Maurice Ravel: "Boléro"



Celestarange Celesta Pitch Range


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