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Brief description

Celesta
German: Celesta
French: célesta
Italian: celesta

The celesta was invented at the end of the 19th century after several experiments and immediately found inclusion in the orchestra. It possesses an interesting dual character: the way its sound is produced makes it a percussion instrument (idiophone), but it is played as a keyboard instrument, usually by a pianist. Celesta parts are lively and quick and often require great virtuosity.

The name is derived from the French céleste, meaning “heavenly”. As with the names of many other instruments this appellation also alludes to the timbre and symbolism.

Classification
Idiophone with definite pitch, metallophone, keyboard instrument

Case
Height: 110 cm,
width: approx. 100 cm,
depth: 60 cm

Keyboard
Piano keys for sound production.

Damper pedal
Mechanical device that raises the dampers.

Weight
From 50–130 kg depending on size and range.

Metal bars
Steel alloy

Resonator boxes
Below each metal bar there is a resonator box, made of wood and formed corresponding to the relevant pitch

Hammers
Wood core wrapped in felt. As the pitch gets deeper the felt gets thicker to produce a warmer sound.

Tuning
Chromatic, usually tuned to 442 hertz equal temperament (between 442–446 hertz depending on the tuning pitch of the orchestra)