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Music dictionary in the stories. The Letter H

CELESTA

His musical fairy tale "the dummy" composer Lyadov gave this Preface:

"He lives, grows dummy by a magician in the stone mountains. From morning till night consoling a Dummy cat Bayun - tells tales overseas. From evening to white light shake a Dummy in khrustaliou the cradle. Exactly seven years will grow dummy. Thesenike, Chernichenko the dummy, and the head at her small-Malashenko, with Superstock, and the trunk sposati with the Solomina by. Knocks, rattles dummy from morning till night; whistles, hisses dummy with PM to midnight; midnight to white light spinning tow Konopelko, suchit hemp yarn, the warp silk. Evil on your mind keeps dummy at all honest folk".

The music embodies everything that tells Preface: tale of the cat Bayun, and the noise and thunder, the whistling thorn Frights... And crystal cradle composer depicted by the sound of the celesta. The sound of her really like crystal: high, soft and fresh.

Celesta (in Italian heaven, transparent) is similar to a very small piano. This is also a keyboard instrument, but instead of strings in it, a metal plate, on which strike the hammers.

Celesta
Celesta

The range of the celesta four octaves, starting from before the first.

Celesta is a very young instrument. She appeared in 1788, and in the orchestra came later. One of the first, in 1891, it was applied Tchaikovsky: ballet "the Nutcracker" he instructed the celesta to accompany the dance of the sugar Plum fairy.


Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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