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Edited by Joyce Bourne

in The Oxford Dictionary of Music

Sixth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578108
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744518

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Percussion instrument 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 ...

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Subjects: Music

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