a percussion instrument with chromatically tuned, flat metal bars set in a frame, that produce bell-like tones when struck with small hammers
Origin of glockenspielGerman ; from glocke, a bell (see clock) + spiel, play
A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers.
Origin of glockenspielGerman : Glocken, pl. of Glocke, bell (from Middle High German, from Old High German glocka, of imitative origin ) + Spiel, play; see spiel.
- a musical instrument of the percussion family of instruments; like the xylophone, it has tuned bars arranged like the keys on a piano, and is also smaller in size and higher in pitch.
from German Glockenspiel (lit., bells-play)