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janny108
Jul-16-2007, 04:48
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

Jan

rojo
Jul-16-2007, 06:51
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.

Contratrombone64
Jul-16-2007, 08:10
Tchaikovsky used it first ... and kept his score for Cracked Nuts a secret to Rimsky Korsakov couln't use it first.

janny108
Jul-17-2007, 02:13
Cool! I looked up the wikipedia site. Thanks! Very sweet sounding indeed.
Jan

Jackrockson
Jun-05-2008, 23:10
Yes I agree This is really cool!!

Fontana

methodistgirl
Jun-06-2008, 03:31
Where I live there is an instrument like a xylophone that is all metal
called the glockenspiel.
judy tooley

matsoljare
Jul-28-2008, 18:32
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....

Corno Dolce
Jul-28-2008, 19:32
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.

Cheers,

Corno Dolce :):):)

ps. Some more info on the Celesta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celesta

methodistgirl
Jul-28-2008, 20:02
I think this is the instrument you are looking for.YouTube - Jenco Celeste (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BgVGeK--2U&feature=related)
judy tooley