The clarinet is a great instrument! I’ve got some great interesting facts for you that I think you might like. Let me know what you think and if you have any more interesting facts.

What does clarinet mean?

 

Clarinet means little trumpet. It’s related to the word clarion- this is like a little trumpet in the shape and it’s loud and clear.

 

The smallest clarinet

 

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Did you know the smallest clarinet is pitched in Ab. Known as the Ab piccolo clarinet. It’s a minor 7th above the standard Bb instrument. This type of clarinet is not very common although it’s available for special order from a company in France.

 

 

 

 

The 1st Clarinet was invented in Germany

 

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The first clarinet was invented by Johann Denner in the late 17 century. He was a famous woodwind instrument maker of the Baroque era. Instrument building was in the family as his father was a maker of game whistles and hunting horns.

In 1678 Johann started his business as an instrument maker, his songs then also became instrument builders. Some of his instruments still exist to this day.

 

 

The clarinet descended from a French instrument the Chalumeau

 

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The chalumeau is a single-reed woodwind instrument, first produced in France and then moved to Germany. It includes eight finger holes including one at the back for your thumb.

Johann Denner actually made improvements to the chalumeau and then eventually developed it into the clarinet.

 

 

Famous Clarinetists

 

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images (6) Sabine Meyer

images (5) Eddie Daniels

 

Did you know?

 

The clarinet was the last instrument to be included in a symphony orchestra.

 

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One of the most popular clarinet solos is by George Gershwin. This is Rhapsody in blue 

 

 

About the author

Georgia was with Normans on a years placement from Nottingham Trent University where she was studying Information Systems.

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  • jaslynn 19/09/2014 at 11:30 am

    Really its very interesting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog about clarinet, it is a family of woodwind instruments…

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    • GeorgiaM 19/09/2014 at 11:32 am

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you found it interesting.

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      • miranahossain 10/12/2014 at 9:19 pm

        thx soo much this really helped me with my music homework!

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        • GeorgiaM 11/12/2014 at 5:26 pm

          Thank you for your comment. That’s great to hear you found it helpful

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          • bob 17/11/2015 at 6:08 pm

            What grade are you in?

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  • Sophie Prest 03/03/2015 at 5:33 pm

    This helped me with my music homework too! I found this very interesting.

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    • Ciara O’Brien 23/05/2016 at 2:07 pm

      you are so right Dylan Ellis!

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  • Maddie Ireland 17/09/2015 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you! You helped me with my band project. Hope you can help others!

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  • breanna 07/10/2015 at 7:09 pm

    I play the clarinet and i never knew that it could sound so beautiful.

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  • bob 17/11/2015 at 3:45 pm

    Sooooo helped me with my research paper.

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  • bob 17/11/2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the help

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  • Ruby Melendez 05/08/2016 at 8:06 pm

    The date about the creation of the clarinet is highly debatable, depending on what you define as a clarinet. Does it have a single, double or no reed? Does it have open-holed or plateau keys? Some people say it was invented in 1690, others say 1710.

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  • emily 18/11/2016 at 5:43 pm

    lots of people play clarinet in this centry

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  • 1gamingmaster 25/01/2018 at 8:20 pm

    I play!

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  • Charlotte 13/02/2018 at 9:31 am

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    I found this very interesting and it helped me with my homework a lot

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  • Chris 12/11/2019 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you this helped a lot for my instrument factsheet for music!!!!!!!!!

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