Any celeste/celesta experts around here?
I’ve recently heard two conflicting statements about dynamics on the celeste or celesta (whichever way you want to spell it). Having never touched one, let alone played it, I can’t find out for myself what is true.
One person I talked to (a fellow composer, NOT a keyboardist) claims the instrument is pretty much an mp sort of thing, with very little dynamic range, and that the force with which you hit a key has very little to do with the volume of sound produced. Another person says that a ‘really good’ celeste has an ‘incredible dynamic range,’ very similar to a good piano.
Both statements can’t be true. Anybody out there ever actually played one, or otherwise know for sure what the answer is?
(I should add that in Dorico with the default Halion sounds, a part for the instrument plays back very loudly no matter what dynamic is specified.)