About The Clarinet

The Clarinet is a woodwind instrument played with a single reed. It was invented by Johann Christoph Denner in Germany in the 18th Century. The are many different sizes of clarinet, in various keys, but the most common is the B flat Clarinet. The clarinet is mainly associated with Classical and Jazz music and can be played as a solo instrument or in an Orchestra, Wind Band or Big Band. The clarinet has a similar technique to the saxophone, and many woodwind players find it easy to transfer their skills from one to the other.

Famous Clarinettists

  • Emma Johnson
  • Artie Shaw
  • Richard Stoltzman
  • Sabine Meyer
  • Woody Allen

Famous Clarinet Music and Clarinet Solos

  • Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
  • Clarinet concerto (Mozart)
  • Clarinet concerto (Copland)
  • Clarinet Sonata (Saint-Saens)
  • Clarinet Quintet (Brahms)

Did You Know…

Steven Spielberg plays the clarinet in a scene of an orchestra in the film ‘Jaws’.

Is the clarinet for you?

The clarinet is a very versatile instrument and is great if you would like to play both classical and Jazz music, join an orchestra, wind band or marching band. It’s smaller and lighter than the saxophone, which makes it easier for younger children, although it still requires good breath control, so for very young children, we would recommend starting with the recorder.