Celeste. The celeste is a keyboard instrument which is a part-time member of the orchestra. <IMG SRC="assets/shockwave/celeste_sound_shockwave.jpg" WIDTH=175 ALIGN=left HEIGHT=120 BORDER=0> It is used on special occasions only.






The celeste is a small set of tuned orchestral bells with a keyboard mechanism, and its sound is heavenly, like its name indicates.

Tchaikovsky wrote a famous celesta part in The Nutcracker, in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.







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