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Celesta (Fr. céleste)locked

  • James Blades
  •  and James Holland


A keyboard instrument (in the form of a small upright piano) invented by Auguste Mustel in 1886; metal plates (usually steel) suspended over resonating boxes are struck by hammers and sustained after the manner of the piano action. (It is classified as an idiophone: set of percussion plaques; such instruments of metal are known as metallophones.) Mustel’s celesta was probably inspired by an instrument known as the typophone (or dulcitone), which he or his father Victor constructed some 20 years earlier. In the typophone a series of tuning-forks is operated by a keyboard (...

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