Clarinet Journal Overview


Parts scored for clarinet were soon existing in the music of perfect eighteenth century composers, including Handel, Gluick, and Telemann. The early clarinets were typically made from boxwood or once in a while plum or pear wood. Rarely, they were manufactured from ivory, and a few used a mouthpiece of ebony. The design of the clarinet was sophisticated by the pinnacle of the eighteenth century. The two keys gave way to 5 or 6, giving the tool more pitch handle. Composers and virtuoso performers started to take advantage of likely the main signal elements of the clarinet, its flexible dynamic range, from whisper soft to loud and penetrating.