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Clarinet          Return to list of instruments

The clarinet is a woodwind instrument with a beautiful rich velvety texture of sound in its lower register, (called the chalumeau register after an earlier instrument)  and a powerful and penetrating sound in its middle and high registers.

It has a single reed, set in a pointed mouthpiece, unlike the oboe and bassoon, which both possess a double reed. It is cylindrical in shape, unlike the cone shape of oboes and bassoons, and it ends with  a bell shape.

The most common clarinet today is the Bb clarinet, whose range starts at the D below middle C (Midi note D3), and reaches up to the Bb above the 2nd C above middle C  (Midi note Bb6),   a total range of more than 3� octaves. Music written for the Bb clarinet sounds one tone lower than written, so a written C sounds as the Bb below it.  The A clarinet is a semi-tone lower than the Bb clarinet.

The clarinet has been a regular member of the orchestra since about 1770. In addition, there is an excellent repertoire of music for solo or accompanied clarinet. Supremely famous are Mozart's clarinet concerto and his clarinet quintet.

Music featuring the Clarinet. Audio is available for 83 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 Alexander's Ragtime BandJazzBerlin
2 Along the Road to GundagaiPopular SongsVarious
3 An American in Paris - 3rd theme (Blues)Tone PoemGershwin
4 Au Clair de la LuneNursery RhymesVarious
5 Bare NecessitiesJazzVarious
6 Blow Away the Morning DewFolk SongVarious
7 Blue SkiesJazzBerlin
8 Clarinet Concerto in A K622ConcertoMozart
9 Clarinet Quintet in A K581 for clarinet and stringsChamber MusicMozart
10 Early One MorningFolk SongVarious
11 Fascinating RhythmPopular SongsGershwin
12 Frère JacquesFolk SongVarious
13 Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlenFolk SongVarious
14 GavotteShort PieceGossec
15 Gigue from Overture for 2 Chalumeaux, 2 violettas and BassoChamber MusicTelemann
16 Gigue, from 9th Sonata for violin cello and keyboardSonataCorelli
17 Heart of my Heart (version 2)JazzVarious
18 I Got Rhythm (jazzy clarinet)JazzGershwin
19 Jingle BellsPopular SongsPierpont
20 Landler in F for clarinet and pianoShort PieceWeber
21 Lazy RiverJazzVarious
22 Les Bicyclettes de BelsizePopular SongsVarious
23 Michael Row the Boat AshoreJazzVarious
24 Midsummer Vigil (Swedish Rhapsody No.1)Short PieceAlfven
25 Minstrel Boy (The)Folk SongVarious
26 Music for the Royal FireworksSuiteHandel
27 New RagShort PieceJoplin
28 Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away!SongPurcell
29 On the Steppes of Central AsiaTone PoemBorodin
30 Phantasiestuck for clarinet and piano, Op 73 No.1Chamber MusicSchumann
31 Piano Trio in Bb Op 11 for piano, clarinet and cello.Chamber MusicBeethoven
32 Piano Trio in Eb "Kegelstadt" K498Chamber MusicMozart
33 Quando Quando - sambaPopular SongsVarious
34 Que Sera, SeraWaltzVarious
35 Rampart Street ParadeJazzVarious
36 Rhapsody in BlueConcertoGershwin
37 Rock My SoulJazzVarious
38 Romance for Clarinet and PianoChamber MusicGerman
39 Romance from Clarinet Concerto No.3ConcertoStamitz
40 Roses from the South, Op 388WaltzStrauss-Johann2
41 Rumanian melody Op 83 No.5 (from 6 pieces for trio)Chamber MusicBruch
42 San FranPopular SongsVarious
43 Scotland the BraveFolk SongVarious
44 Serenade in G K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - arr. for clarinet and piano.Chamber MusicMozart
45 She'll be Coming Round the Mountain When She ComesFolk SongVarious
46 Sleigh RideShort PieceAnderson
47 Someone to Watch Over MePopular SongsGershwin
48 Sorcerer's Apprentice ( L'Apprenti Sorcier)Tone PoemDukas
49 Stranger On the ShoreJazzBilk
50 Summer TimeJazzGershwin
51 Sweet Lass from Richmond HillFolk SongVarious
52 Symphonie Fantastique Op 14SymphonyBerlioz
53 Tea Cha ChaPopular SongsVarious
54 The Magistrate's LassFolk SongVarious
55 The Phantom of the OperaPopular SongsLloyd-Webber
56 The Trout (Song) "Die Forelle", - clarinet and pianoSongSchubert
57 The Vicar of BrayFolk SongVarious
58 Three Blind MiceNursery RhymesVarious
59 Three-Part Invention No.12 in AChamber MusicBach
60 TiritombaFolk SongVarious
61 Waltzing MatildaFolk SongVarious
62 We wish You a Merry ChristmasFolk SongVarious
63 Who's Sorry NowPopular SongsVarious
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