• WordNet 3.6
    • n glockenspiel a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated metal bars mounted on a frame and played with small hammers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A glockenspiel is a musical instrument that is like a xylophone. It has a series of metal bars and is played with two hammers
    • n Glockenspiel (Music) An instrument, originally a series of bells on an iron rod, now a set of flat metal bars, diatonically tuned, giving a bell-like tone when played with a mallet; a carillon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glockenspiel A musical instrument consisting of a series of small bells or metal rods or tubes, mounted in a frame and struck by hammers; sometimes the latter are manipulated from a keyboard. In the form used in military bands, sometimes improperly called a lyre, from the shape of the frame.
    • n glockenspiel In organ-building, a stop consisting of a set of bells, bars, or tubes sounded by hammers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G.; glocke, bell + spiel, play


In literature:

The "glockenspiel" is also fairly common.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
It has fallen into disuse now, having been replaced by the glockenspiel or steel harmonica.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
For the steel harmonica see GLOCKENSPIEL.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8" by Various

In news:

Colin Britt and Arianne Abela arranged a full-on orchestral rendition of the song replete with glockenspiels, violas and violins.
Pearl and the Beard, PHOX and Anna Vogelzang -- won over the Majestic Theatre's crowd Friday night with sweet harmonies, cute instruments (kazoo, glockenspiel, melodica) and even cuter melodies.
The music of 'Harry Potter': A glockenspiel and E minor make for an iconic theme song.
You can go the glockenspiel-filled route of Freelance Whales with their twee romantic pop tunes.
Musicians from left, Dale Holtz, "Smiley" Wiltscheck and LeRoy Flor perform Friday noon for Dairy Day at the Glockenspiel in Schonlau Park.
In Freelance Whales ' case, Dadone's songs are backed with instruments like banjos, glockenspiels, mandolines and harmoniums, in addition to the more traditional rock instrumentation.

In science:

When the wooden bars of a xylophone are replaced by metal plates or tubes, a glockenspiel is constructed which is also composed of a set of tuned harmonic idiophones.
Music in Terms of Science
The glockenspiel is also played with a pair of mallets, like the xylophone.
Music in Terms of Science
The glockenspiel is limited to the upper register and usually covers about two and a half to three octaves.
Music in Terms of Science