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    what is this instrument?

    There is a lovely instrument I've heard in several pieces and would like to know what it is. It's in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, sort of a music box like sound.

    In Mercury of Holtz Planets

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    Apparently it`s the celesta. One can read about it here-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celesta

    The Nutcracker is mentioned, as is the Planets, although not referring to the movement you mention. There is a list of works that make use of the celesta as well.
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    Tchaikovsky used it first ... and kept his score for Cracked Nuts a secret to Rimsky Korsakov couln't use it first.

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    Cool! I looked up the wikipedia site. Thanks! Very sweet sounding indeed.
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    Yes I agree This is really cool!!

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    Where I live there is an instrument like a xylophone that is all metal
    called the glockenspiel.
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    I'm wondering if anybody here has actually played a celesta. What are they like to play? I can imagine that they're rather clumsy and difficult to play, that being the reason why it's not more popular....

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    Hi Mats,

    Celestas are not at all clumsy to play. The repertoire is somewhat more constrained but not for the reasons you may think. One can play Jazz on a Celesta without much fuss and muss.

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    Corno Dolce

    ps. Some more info on the Celesta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celesta
    Last edited by Corno Dolce; Jul-28-2008 at 20:34.
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    I think this is the instrument you are looking for.YouTube - Jenco Celeste
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