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Clarinet Family

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Clarinet Family

Clarinet Family

The clarinet family of instruments family includes the well-known B♭ clarinet, the slightly less familiar E♭, A, and bass clarinets, and other clarinets as well. The standard B♭ and A clarinets are the best known, however, there are many other clarinet types in clarinet family, which are less common.

Clarinet Family Instruments

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Clarinet Family Instruments

Octave clarinets

Very rare. Pitched around an octave higher than the B♭ clarinet.
A♭ piccolo clarinet.

E♭ clarinet/E♭ sopranino clarinet Fairly common in the United States and western Europe; less common in eastern Europe.

D clarinet — Rare in the United States and western Europe. Required in Molter’s very early clarinet concertos.

Rendall lists the E♭ and D clarinets, along with obsolete instruments in G, F, and E, as sopranino clarinets.

Shackleton lists the E♭ and D clarinets, along with obsolete instruments in F, and E, as sopranino clarinets.

The E♭ and D clarinets are commonly called piccolo clarinets in eastern Europe and Russia.

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C Clarinet

This instrument became practically obsolete in the orchestras of Europe and the United States in the early twentieth century. The inclusion of the C clarinet, however was not unusual in orchestral scores from the era of Haydn and Mozart right through to the early 20th century. Mahler certainly included them up until his fourth symphony. Much of the orchestral repertoire of Beethoven and Schubert requires the C clarinet. This being the case, the nineteenth century clarinetists were faced with the difficult task of maintaining and alternating between instruments in A, B♭ and C. Since this was not always necessary or desirable for a first rate clarinetist, who could transpose easily between instruments and may not have wished to change from a warm to a cold instrument, the tendency has been to reduce, with the result that the usage of the C clarinet has gradually declined from the standard classical orchestra.

Recently, however, the C clarinet is enjoying a resurgence, as there is now a renewed interest in playing older works on their authentic instruments. This applies to orchestral music and also to popular folk styles such as klezmer music. At the same time there has been an innovation in Britain to use a simplified cheaper version of the C clarinet as the principle wind instrument for young learners, a position until recently, enjoyed (or suffered) by the recorder.

The clarinet in C is sometimes called for in clarinet choirs, often as a substitute for the oboe.
B♭ clarinet The most common type of clarinet.

A clarinet Standard orchestral instrument used alongside the B♭ soprano.

G clarinet Also called a “Turkish clarinet”

Primarily used in certain ethnic music. This type of clarinet is rare.

Rendall lists the C, B♭, and A clarinets along with the obsolete instrument in B as sopranos, and the clarinette d’amour in A♭ and G and the clarinet in G as obsolete altos.

Shackleton lists the C, B♭, A, and G clarinets along with obsolete instruments in B and A♭ as sopranos, noting that the A♭ and G often occurred as clarinette d’amour in the mid-18th century.

Rice classifies G clarinets with flared bells as altos, with pear- or bulb-shaped bells as clarinets d’amour.

Basset clarinet, Essentially a soprano clarinet with a range extension to low C (written).

A basset clarinet — Most common type. Basset clarinets in C, B♭, and G also exist

Rendall includes no basset clarinets in his classifications. Shackleton has three in his collection: Numbers 5389 (B♭ and A set) and 5393 (in A). See Catalogue of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection, Edinburgh University Collection.

Basset horn Alto-to-tenor range instrument with (usually) a smaller bore than the alto clarinet, and a range extended to low (written) C.

F basset horn — Most common type

Rendall lists basset horns in G (obsolete) and F as tenors.
Shackleton lists also basset horns in G and D from the 18th century.

Neither Rendall nor Shackleton lists A, E, or E♭ basset horns though these apparently existed in the eighteenth century.

Alto clarinet, Pitched a perfect fifth (or, rarely, a perfect fourth) lower than the B♭ soprano clarinet.

E♭ alto clarinet — Most common type. Range usually down to low E♭ (written).

Rendall lists the E♭ alto and F tenor clarinets as tenors (along with the basset horns).

Shackleton lists the F alto clarinet as obsolete.

Bass clarinet an octave below the B♭ clarinet often with an extended low range.

B♭ bass clarinet — The standard bass

A bass clarinet — Very rare today, more common around 1900.

C bass clarinet — Obsolete.

Rendall and Shackleton list C, B♭, and A; Rendall lists only C as obsolete, while Shackleton calls A “rare”. Rendall groups these in baritone and bass.

Contra-alto clarinet An octave below the alto clarinet

EE♭ contra-alto clarinet, also called EE♭ contra-bass clarinet.

Rendall lists “contrabasset-horns” in G, F, and E♭ (none marked obsolete), grouping these in baritone and bass.

Shackleton lists only E♭ contra-bass clarinet, grouping it in contrabass (pedal) clarinets.

Contra-bass clarinet An octave below the bass clarinet

BB♭ contra-bass clarinet.

Rendall lists also contra-bass clarinet in C as obsolete, and groups it and the BB♭ contra-bass in baritone and bass.

Shackleton lists only the BB♭ contra-bass, grouping it in contra-bass (pedal) clarinets.

Two larger types have been built on an experimental basis:
EEE♭ octocontra-alto An octave below the contra-alto clarinet. Only three have been built.

BBB♭ octocontra-bass An octave below the contra-bass clarinet. Only one was ever built.

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Clarinet Family

    Playing Music with Passion

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    Playing Music with Passion


    What drives your passion positively?

    Playing Music with Passion

    Passion sometimes reaches boiling point. What happens when your passion for something, someone or a situation in your life was so intense it was on fire, burning inside you with life?
    Passion is it!!!
    You need to locate your passion button and turn it on. Can you think of a time when you felt passionate towards something you did or someone in your life?
    Passion is the magical elixir that makes things happen.
    What are you positively passionate about?
    What do you love?
    What gives you strongest feeling positively?
    What makes you sizzle?
    What melts you?
    Where are you?
    What are you doing?
    Explain the scenario in detail.

    What do you hear see and feel?
    What’s in the picture?
    How are you dressed?
    Is there any color you focus on the most?
    As you think of it is it a movie or a picture in still frame?
    Is it in color or in black and white?
    Is the image on the right, the left or centre weighted?
    Is the image positioned up, middle or down?
    Is the image bright, dim or dark?
    Is the image life-size bigger or smaller than life-size?
    Is the image near you or further away?
    How does your level of pleasure change when you bring it closer to you?
    Is the speed of the image fast medium or slow?
    Is there a particular element focused on consistently?

    Are you in the picture or watching it from afar?
    Does the image have a frame or is it picture panoramic?
    How does making your picture 3 dimensional change the level of pleasure you feel?
    Is there a particular color that impacts you the most?
    From what viewpoint are you looking at the picture, are you looking down on it, up at it, from the left or right or at an angle?
    Is there anything else that triggers strong feelings?
    Find the zoom lens of your camera and zoom in.
    Are there sounds in the picture? Is there a sound that impacts the level of pleasure you feel the most?
    Are you saying something to yourself or hearing it from others? How do you hear or say it?

    What specifically do you hear or say? How many sounds are there, and where do they come from?
    If you are imagining the sound of someone’s voice experiment with different inflections and accents.
    What does raising the volume do to the level of pleasure you feel?
    What tonality is it? Are there deep and bass sounds and or higher ones?
    Are they even or changing sounds?
    At what pace do you hear it, how fast is it?
    Can you feel the music in your body?
    How does the rhythm and vibration impact the level of pleasure you feel?
    Does it speed up or does it slow down?
    Where is the sound coming from?
    Is the sound melodic or unmelodic?
    Is the sound in harmony or noisy?
    Is the sound regular or unusual?

    Do you hear it more in one ear than the other?
    If there is a voice is there inflection in it?
    Are certain words emphasized?
    How long does the sound last?
    Is there something unique about the sound?
    Is there anything else that triggers strong feelings?
    Now double the feeling and the passion…and then again.
    As you remember this pleasurable experience, how does changing the feeling elements intensify or decrease your pleasure?
    Does raising the temperature intensify the level of pleasure you feel?
    Did you notice a texture change, rough or smooth?
    Is the sensation on touch rigid or flexible?
    Is there vibration?
    How intensely do you feel the vibration?
    Is there an increase or decrease of pressure?

    Where was the pressure located?
    How was your pulse rate?
    Was there an increase of tension or relaxation?
    Was there movement if so what was the direction and speed?
    How was your quality of breathing, deep and even? Where did it end/start?
    Enjoy the weight, possibly of your feet on the ground, are they heavy or light?
    Are the feelings steady or intermittent?
    Did it change size or shape?
    We’re feeling coming into body or going out?
    What is the quality of air on skin, thicker than air?
    Lighter than water?
    Is there anything else that triggers strong feelings?
    Was the aroma sweet, musty or fragrant? Was the aroma uplifting or relaxing?
    Find your passion button, step into it and fire up your intention in motion.

    David Jean-Baptiste

    The Wellness Clarinet LTD


    Playing Music with Passion

    Clarinet Family Instruments

    Friday, April 15th, 2016



    Clarinet Family Instruments

    A very special link on the Clarinet Family sent to me and created by a very special person in Paris, enjoy and have fun, David

    Clarinet Family Instruments