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[History of French musical instruments] Celesta: Keyboard instruments

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Celesta is an instrument devised by the Parisian organ builder Auguste Mustel. It has a keyboard and is like an organ in size and shape, but the sound is completely different. Below the Celesta keyboard are two metal soundboards, on which hammers that hit the soundboards are lined up. At the time of development, it was active as an instrument for orchestras, but nowadays it is also used for healing music and is famous as a healing instrument. History of French musical instruments] Celesta: Keyboard instruments

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This instrument was born in France.

History of Celesta

The Celesta is an instrument invented by Victor Mustel, a French organ maker in 1886, and patented in October 1886. Similar to a small upright piano, this instrument was developed as an orchestra instrument. It was introduced in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in 1892 and is a well-known instrument. In 1890, both Germany and musical instrument manufacturers began to develop and manufacture Celesta, and mass production began. After that, Celesta began to be manufactured in the United States and other countries, and spread all over the world. Celesta has become popular with orchestras and opera houses around the world. Today’s celesta is becoming more diverse as it appears not only as an orchestra instrument, but also in ambient and healing music.

Features of Celesta

The celesta is an instrument with a keyboard that can be called a metallophone, and its appearance is very similar to that of a reed organ. It’s very similar to a piano, but the tone is completely different. Inside the celesta, metallophone-like metal soundboards are lined up in a musical scale. It is a percussion instrument with keyboard action that hits it with a hammer to make a sound. The range used to be 4 octaves, and a beautiful sound is produced. Currently, manufacturers including the developer Mustel have begun to appear with a wider range than the conventional 4 octaves. Nowadays, instruments with a range of 5 octaves or 5 octaves and a half are completely mainstream. Celesta is an orchestral instrument, but it has also been used in jazz, rock and other popular songs, and is now also used in healing music and ambient music. Features of the star

Celesta maker

YAMAHA

YAMAHA is a comprehensive musical instrument manufacturer in Japan and the most well-known manufacturer.

Schiedmayer

It was founded in 1735 by a German musical instrument manufacturer.

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