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
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
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
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.
Did you know?
The clarinet was the last instrument to be included in a symphony orchestra.
One of the most popular clarinet solos is by George Gershwin. This is Rhapsody in blue