The Celesta Mustelas written for by Tchaikovsky
Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:51 PM
Wikipedia says that the celesta is a transposing instrument and sounds an octave higher than the written pitch.
Yet the celesta parts for The Voyevoda (symphonic ballad) and The Nutcracker seem to be written at actual pitch which would mean the musician would have to transpose the part down an octave. Otherwise, a couple written notes are actually beyond the range of the Celesta Mustel.
Does this mean that the celesta parts for Tchaikovsky are written at actual pitch?
What about later composers?
Also, we have seen the letter where Tchaikovsky writes and asked Petr Jurgenson to get the new instrument he has seen in Paris, the Celesta Mustel, for use in The Voyevoda. Does anyone know of any other references in letters or diaries about Tchaikovsky and the celesta?
Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:24 PM
The celesta is a transposing instrument and it sounds an octave higher than the written pitch.
However, if the performance music has been edited at a time when celestas were difficult to obtain the music will be written for a pianist to play and will be written at the sounding pitch.
This means if this sheet music is then used by a musician playing a celesta he will have to transpose down an octave.
I have been told there are recordings of Tchaikovksy's Voyevoda where the celesta is being played at the wrong pitch because of this confusing situation.
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