glock·​en·​spiel | \ ˈglä-kən-ˌspēl How to pronounce glockenspiel (audio) , -ˌshpēl\

Definition of glockenspiel

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

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Much of the accompaniment is glockenspiel and piano, along with a children's choir that joins in with Peppa and her friends. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Peppa Pig just dropped her new, long-awaited album. It's no 'Baby Shark'," 19 July 2019 The producers use various libraries of samples and the glockenspiel is one of those samples. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "Hey Babies! Beastie Boys Lullaby Renditions Are Coming: Q&A With Rockabye Baby! Founder Lisa Roth," 13 Apr. 2018 That same playfulness emerged through frequent instrument swapping throughout the two-hour set — Chassagne for one played keytar and drums and glockenspiel and wine bottles with spoons. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: Arcade Fire burns hot enough to consume a few flaws at Summerfest," 9 July 2018 This prodigious, impeccably maintained contraption has all the bells, whistles, horns and glockenspiels of the traditional organ — and it's painted in all the lysergic colors of the Day-Glo rainbow. David Kipen,, "Critic at Large David Kipen on El Segundo in literature," 18 Apr. 2018 Will Bill play a tune on a school band-member’s glockenspiel during a late blowout? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "ESPN's Dave Pasch confirms working with Bill Walton is as insane as you thought it was," 15 Feb. 2018 Youngman and Renner are band mates of Andrew Roti (bass), Colin Oakely (drums), Nathaniel Hood (keyboards), Matt Corken (electric guitar, lap steel) and Glenn Dantam (saxophone, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, etc.). David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Cyrus Youngman & the Kingfishers electrify ‘IndyStar Sessions’," 24 Jan. 2018 The organ can replicate hundreds of instruments and sounds, from xylophone and glockenspiel to bird whistles and sand blocks. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Senate Theater in Detroit turns to classic films, rentals to stay open," 18 Jan. 2018 Michael Culligan, associate principal precussionist for CSO, plays several instruments for the orchestra: bass drums, snare drums, cymbals, tambourines, the glockenspiel and the xylophone. Alexander Coolidge,, "Holiday travel woes? Try flying with a tuba," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of glockenspiel

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glockenspiel

German, from Glocke bell + Spiel play

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English Language Learners Definition of glockenspiel

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


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Kids Definition of glockenspiel

: a portable musical instrument with a series of metal bars played with hammers

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