celesta definition

  • noun:
    • A musical instrument with a keyboard and steel plates hit by hammers that create bell-like tones.
    • a musical tool consisting principally of a set of graduated metallic dishes struck with hammers that are activated by a keyboard.
    • a musical instrument comprising graduated metallic plates being hit by hammers activated by a keyboard.
    • A musical instrument, played from a keyboard of five octaves, where sound is produced by the hits of hammers upon metal dishes placed over resonators of lumber. It was devised by Mustel of Paris in 1886, and has already been introduced into some orchestral and operatic results.
    • a musical tool composed of graduated steel plates that are hit by hammers triggered by a keyboard

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