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Play of bells. Perc. instr. of tuned metal bars, with compass of 2 to 3 chromatic octaves, emitting brittle bell‐like sound when played with kbd. or (more commonly) by small hand‐held hammers. Orch. glockenspiel is played in horizontal position; in military bands it is carried vertically, bars being mounted in lyre‐shaped frame (hence alternative name bell‐lyra). First used 1739 by Handel in Saul (where he called it a carillon) and later by Mozart in Die Zauberflöte (1791). K. Salomon wrote glockenspiel conc., 1948.

Subjects: Music.

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