(German pronunciation: [ˈɡlɔkənˌʃpiːl]
) is a percussion
instrument composed of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano
. In this way, it is similar to the xylophone
; however, the xylophone's bars are made of wood, while the glockenspiel's are metal plates or tubes, thus making it a metallophone
. The glockenspiel, moreover, is usually smaller and higher in pitch
In German, a carillon
is also called a Glockenspiel
When used in a marching or military band, the bars are sometimes mounted in a portable case and held vertically, sometimes in a lyre
-shaped frame. In orchestral
use, the bars are mounted horizontally. A pair of hard, unwrapped mallets
, generally with heads made of plastic or metal, are used to strike the bars, although mallet heads can also be made of rubber. If laid out horizontally, a keyboard may be attached to the instrument to allow chords
to be more easily played.
The glockenspiel is limited to the upper register
, and usually covers about two and a half to three octaves
. The glockenspiel is a transposing instrument; its parts are written two octaves below the sounding notes. When struck, the bars give a very pure, bell-like sound.
Glockenspiels are still quite popular and appear in almost all genres of music ranging from hip-hop
Does anyone know of jazz usage?