Instruments | Clarinet | Late Romantic | Classical

The German player and maker Iwan Müller had developed a 13-keyed instrument in about 1812 and the music being written for the clarinet at the beginning of the nineteenth century by Weber, among others, made an instrument with 13 keys essential. While its chamber-music life in the classical period had produced such masterpieces as the Beethoven Septet (op. 20) and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A (K581), in the Romantic period, before Brahms’ quintet of 1891, it was limited. However, it became an ever-more important member of the orchestra. Different instruments, variously pitched, were all included in the instrumentation of orchestral music from the time of Berlioz.

The modern clarinet is commonly pitched in B flat, and family members include the higher E-flat clarinet, the lower (and rarer) basset horn and, still lower, the bass and contrabass clarinets.

Styles & Forms | Late Romantic | Classical
Instruments | Bass Clarinet | Late Romantic | Classical


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