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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.


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

Joseph-Maurice Ravel: "Boléro"

Celesta Pitch Range


Last Updated: 2016-05-21 10:46:47