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The clarinet is a musical instrument from the woodwind family, using a single reed and with an approximately cylindrical bore. Introduced in the late 18th century as a modified chalumeau, it rapidly developed into one of the most popular instruments in classical and other music. The name means "little clarino", the clarino being a high-pitched trumpet whose sound the early clarinet resembled.

Although the name is usually used to refer to the soprano clarinet, it in fact encompasses a large family of instruments, ranging from the huge contrabass clarinets to the tiny "picksüßes hölzl", the piccolo clarinets in G and A♭.

The clarinet family

For more information, see: Clarinet family.


For more information, see: History of the clarinet.


For more information, see: Clarinet repertoire.