Almglocken

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Etymology and Alternative Spellings

Ger: Almglocken
Tuned Cowbells
Alpine Herd Bells


Construction

Generally of pot-bellied construction, these metal bells can be arranged from lowest to highest pitch to produce a range of two to two-and-a-half octaves. [1]

History

Uses in the orchestral literature include Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 (1904), Anton Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra (1913), and Olivier Messiaen's Sept Haïkaï (1963) and Couleurs de la cité céleste (1964). [2]

Sticks, Mallets, Beaters

Hard, and medium-hard rubber mallets have the potential to produce a full, warm tone on the instrument. Some marimba mallets have rubber wrapped cores and can be used when the yarn has deteriorated and can no longer be used for marimba playing. Cord mallets such as Friedman, Balter, and most types of vibraphone mallets can be used for an ideal sound.

Manufacturers

Concorde

Retailers

Pustjens Percussion
http://www.pustjenspercussion.nl/en/producten/products/tuned-percussion/almglocken/almglocken-octave-sets
Percussion Source
http://www.percussionsource.com/search?searchterm=almglocken
Vintage Keys and Percussion
http://vintagekeysandpercussion.com

See Also

References

  1. John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995. (accessed January 19, 2013).
  2. John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995. (accessed January 19, 2013).