Basset clarinet

From Oddwinds

So is the basset clarinet odd or not? It's a member of the mundane clarinet family. It doesn't look very odd; it looks pretty much like a mundane soprano clarinet, except longer and with a few extra keys. It sounds about like a soprano clarinet, too, except that it can go a few notes lower. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, widely regarded as the best clarinet concerto ever written, was written for a basset clarinet.

Still, the basset clarinet was around for only a few decades at best in Mozart's time, before being forgotten until the 20th century, and aside from a few Mozart works the basset clarinet literature is pretty sparse. So it seems to be borderline odd (Category 2).

[edit] Basset Clarinet Makers

Your Ad Here
Personal tools