The glockenspiel is a set of tuned metal or wooden bars of graduated length suspended in a case and hit with hard mallets topped with wood or metal hammers.

The range is high and the sound produced can easily be mistaken for that of bells or chimes. Every sound the glockenspiel touches (and particularly when it doubles another instrument) becomes brighter. There is a keyboard glockenspiel, but it is less flexible and seldom encountered.

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Glocken means "bell" in German and spiel means "play".

Frequency Range

783 Hz - 4.2 kHz