The Clarinet is the only single-reed instrument in the symphony orchestra. The tone of the clarinet is dark and hollow sounding. The clarinet player is referred to as a clarinetist.
The symphonic clarinet was invented by a German inventor named Johann Christoph Denner in the first part of the 18th century. Vivaldi and Handel were the first of the great composers to write music for the clarinet. Mozart and Beethoven followed with beautiful chamber works for this instrument, but Romantic Era composers like Carl Maria von Weber, Schumann, and Brahms were the ones who really showed the full potential of the clarinet as a solo instrument.
These songs feature the clarinet.
- When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
- Rhapsody in Blue – Gershwin
Famous Clarinet Players
Johann Simon Hermstedt
Benny Goodman – Oh, Baby
Dolphy, Eric – Ode to CP
Herman, Woody – Body and Soul
Marriner, Andrew – Allegro
Shaw, Artie – Lady Day