noun \ˈglä-kən-ˌspēl, -ˌshpēl\

: a musical instrument that has a line of flat metal bars of different sizes that are hit with two special sticks

Full Definition of GLOCKENSPIEL

:  a percussion instrument consisting of a series of graduated metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two hammers

Illustration of GLOCKENSPIEL


German, from Glocke bell + Spiel play
First Known Use: circa 1834


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned steel bars, arranged like a piano keyboard, which are struck with hammers. An alternative form of the instrument is played by means of an actual keyboard. Its normal range is 2 octaves. The bell lyre, held vertically, is the portable form of glockenspiel used in marching bands.


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