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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Examples of glockenspiel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instrumentally, the original drum beat from YouTube was spiced up with guitar, snares and a glockenspiel, giving the song a shimmery effect. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 But the building might be best known for its glockenspiel, a 49-foot tower featuring wood carvings of local community members that plays recorded music four times a day. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 4 Feb. 2020 Music, perhaps counterintuitively, was vital to the silent film, and the team worked early on with the composer Wolfgang Zeller, who made sound effects with flute notes and a glockenspiel. Devi Lockwood, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2019 Where else is one likely to encounter music of contemporary composer-pianist Missy Mazzoli, soprano Lisa Bielawa and MacArthur Fellows Vijay Iyer (piano) and Tyshawn Sorey (glockenspiel) in a single project? Howard Reich,, 27 Nov. 2019 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, 19 July 2019 The producers use various libraries of samples and the glockenspiel is one of those samples. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, 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, 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,, 18 Apr. 2018

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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


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

Kids Definition of glockenspiel

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

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