Bass clarinet

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Bass clarinet
2 kurze Basskl. hist.jpg
2 historical short bass clarinets, right instrument made 1848 by Adolphe Sax from boxwood
Hornbostel–Sachs classification422.211.2
(Single clarinets with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes)
Playing range
Basset Clarinet Range.JPG

The bass clarinet is a type of clarinet, and is a woodwind single-reed instrument. The earliest record of a bass clarinet is called a 'bass tube' invented in Paris in 1772 by G. Lott. It usually has a B-flat pitch. It plays an octave lower than the normal clarinet. This means that when a Bass Clarinet makes a note, the note that actually sounds is an octave and a whole tone lower.[1] There are some bass clarinets that have an A or C pitch as well as E flat, but there are not very many of these.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Clarinet", The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments 3 volumes, ed. Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan, 1984.

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