Keyboard Glockenspiel

Keyboard Glockenspiel

(Key Glock, Keyed Glockenspiel, Keyboard Orchestra Bells, Carrillon, Lira de Teclado, Glockenspiel de Teclado, Glock de Teclado, Campanelli a Tastièra, Klavierglockenspiel, Klaviaturglockenspiel, Glockenspiel mit Tasten, Jeux de Timbres, Jeux de Timbres à Marteaux, Campanelli a Tastiera, Glockenspiel a Clavier, Jeu de Timbres a Clavier, Sticcato Pastorale, Tubalcain)

Mfg. by Yamaha

Related to celesta, but with a more pointed attack and drier sound. Has sustain and soft pedals.

Used in orchestral works such as La Mer, Mother Goose Suite, The Firebird, Daphnis et Chloe, The Magic Flute, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and many more.

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This instrument is traditionally written for 2 octaves below where it actually sounds.


  • A well-known keyboard glockenspiel excerpt from The Magic Flute. Performed by Norm Krieger on LAPR's Yamaha keyboard glockenspiel.

  • Excerpt from The Sorcerer's Apprentice performed by Norm Kreiger on LAPR's keyboard glockenspiel.

  • This may be the first video of its kind that dives so much into keyboard percussion instruments celesta and keyboard glockenspiel. Film, TV, interactive game composers, orchestrators, keyboardists, and percussionists are given consideration in this video, as we explore celeste and keyboard glockenspiel. How do they differ from each other? In conversation with Hollywood composer / orchestrator / arranger keyboardist Geoff Stradling, LA Percussion’s Abby Savell explores these instruments individually and in combination. 

Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.

These sound excerpts, to the best of our knowledge (unless otherwise noted), include this actual instrument from our collection. To hear the instrument yourself, or to let us know of any errors, please contact us.