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- See Tubular Bells for the Mike Oldfield album.
Tubular bells (also known as chimes) are musical instruments in the percussion family. Each bell is a metal, typically brass, tube, 30–38 mm (1¼–1½ inches) in diameter, tuned by altering its length. Tubular bells are typically hung vertically in chromatic sets of 1½ octaves with a range from C5 to F6. Two-octave sets that extend to F4 do exist, but they are extremely heavy and not commonly used. A standard set of brass tubular bells can be seen here.
Tubular bells are typically struck on the top edge of the tube with a rawhide- or plastic-headed hammer. They are commonly used to mimic the sound of heavy and impractical church bells in programmatic classical music pieces such as Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Sousa's "Liberty Bell" March and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The bands of the Indian Army use these bells when playing the Hymn Abide With Me. Tubular bells are used in popular music, as well. Mike Oldfield's 1973 debut album was named Tubular Bells, after the use of the instrument for the climax of side one. He also used them extensively in subsequent albums, but by Tubular Bells III, they were sampled.
Tubular bells have been popularized in western culture by the song Carol of the Bells
The tubes used provide a purer tone than solid cylindrical chimes, such as those on a mark tree.
- Chime (disambiguation)
- Wind chimes
- Mark tree
- History of tubular bells - Vienna Symphonic Library