A truly “heavenly” instrument
Today there are hardly any orchestras, operas, music conservatories, theaters or broadcasting studios without the heavenly sound of the Celesta. The musical instrument Celesta (also called “celeste”), which was invented in 1886 in Paris by Charles-Victor Mustel, has delighted the world of music for over 130 years with its unique sound, and inspires people over and over again. The Celesta became world famous for its part in the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker Suite by P.I. Tchaikovsky, who got to know the instrument in 1891 during his stay in Paris and immediately fell in love with its magical sound.
The extraordinary sound generation with felt hammers, steel sound plates and wooden resonators is still unique today and Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH is the only company in the world that manufactures the Celesta.
The Celesta (from the French “cèleste” meaning “heavenly”) is not limited to the sound of the Romantic period but is also used in chamber music ensembles, in pop, rock and jazz music, and often in film music. The unmistakable sound of the Celesta has enchanted movie-goers in blockbuster films such as “Harry Potter”, “Star Wars” and “La La Land”.