Woman playing glockenspiel
The glockenspiel is a percussion musical instrument of the family idiophones, composed of strips of metal (or wood) set in vibration by using a mallet or keyboard. In German, means glockenspiel chime (lit: "set of bells") - this instrument is originally composed of bells.
The glockenspiel is an instrument of the percussion family, built like a xylophone, but use of metal blades gives a clear sound reminiscent of a carillon.
The musician strikes with mallets or sticks of wood or rubber, depending on the desired sound.
The set of blades can cover two to three octaves of range color . His high register and make it bright timbre remains visible in the middle of a symphony orchestra .
The glockenspiel is used in the works for orchestra classical and contemporary works. Three famous illustrations - not materialize as often chimes - is in the opera The Magic Flute (1791) by Mozart , Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky piece for percussion and Drumming (1971) Steve Reich .
The glockenspiel is also widely used in brass bands Guggemusik, encountered in various carnivals in the east or north.
It became the emblem of the radio broadcast sound very popular French game of Euro 1000 on France Inter.
It is also found in folk , indie rock and world music, including on some albums from Radiohead, the Beatles, Patrick Watson, Sagapool, Arcade Fire and Hanne Hukkelberg.
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