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What is a "celesta?"

Suzanne Paynter

You may have never seen a celesta, but chances are you've heard one. The celesta is the unique, twinkling instrument heard in the "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.  And if you can't hear it in your mind yet, think of the Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter or the opening music from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Tchaikovsky used the newly-invented celesta (after smuggling it into Russia from Paris!) to make the music for the Sugarplum Fairy sound like the "sprays of a fountain" as the choreographer Marius Petipa requested.

Here's a video of the Sugar Plum music being played on an actual celesta:

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