An device corresponding to the clarinet—a cylindrical cane tube played with a cane reed—was in use in Egypt as early as 3000 B. C. Instruments of this type were used around the Near East into modern times, and other clarinet prototypes were played in Spain, parts
of Eastern Europe, and in Sardinia. A folk instrument found in Wales in the course of the eighteenth century, called the hompipe or pibgorn, was very akin to Greek and Middle Eastern cane single reed devices, but it was made of bone or of elder wood. Through the Middle Ages and up to the 17th century such single reed gadgets were played across Europe, but they were almost completely peasant or folk devices. The modern clarinet seems to were originated by a Nuremberg instrument maker, Johann Cristoph Denner, someday around 1690. Denner was a celebrated company of recorders, flutes, oboes, and bassoons. His early clarinets the word is a diminutive of the Italian word for trumpet, clarino looked much like recorders, made in three parts and with the addition of two keys to close the holes. A clarinet with a flared
bell, like the modern clarinet, may have been made by Denner's son. Parts scored for clarinet were soon present in the music of top notch eighteenth century composers, including Handel, Gluick, and Telemann. The early clarinets were typically made up of boxwood or on occasion plum or pear wood.