The Glockenspiel | A Minute with Miles


When a percussionist says, “I’m playing bells in this piece,” he means he’s playing the glockenspiel. Glocke is the German word for bell, and Glockenspiel literally means “bell-play.” The modern orchestral glockenspiel, in use since the mid-1800's, consists of thirty tuned steel bars mounted in a portable case.

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