On this page you will be able to listen to the clarinet in different
situations and music styles.
Theese clips are strongly reduced in quality to save bandwidth, but
should give a fair example
of what the clarinet sounds like and how you can use it in different
Erik Hoeprich plays an antique bassette horn and has constructed the
other two horns used by his friends. There is a big difference in sound
between the bassettes lowest and highest tones. It sounds like a B-flat
clarinet in the upper registers and like a bass in the lower. It's easy
to understand that Mozart fell in love with the bassette horn.
The Stadler trio plays Mozart's Divertimento No. 2 KV439b
The clarinet together with a trumpet gives very distinct sound used by
some early jazz bands.
Albert Ammons plays Boogie Woogie Stomp
(clarinettist probably Dalbert Bright and trumpetist probably Guy
The clarinets versatility comes to it's right in the hands of skillful
musicians that knows how to improvise.
Putte Wickman plays Janne Schaffer's Atlanta Inn
A solo clarinet can deliver almost any feeling. It's mellow almost
melancholy sound really puts the listener into a deeper mode of sence.
Emma Johnson plays solo in Michael Berkeley's Flighting
Solo clarinet with orchestra
There are numerous of concertos written for the clarinet, both strict
classical and more modern "jazzy" ones.
Benny Goodman plays Mozart's clarinet concerto (yes it's really Benny
Richard Stoltzman plays Aron Copland's Clarinet concerto
Clarinet and Bassette horn
Felix Mendelssohn wrote a few double concertos for the
clarinet/bassette. It's said that the Op.114 was a "payment" to
Bärmann and his son Carl for "yeast dumplings and cream strudels"
which the Bärmanns cooked while Mendelssohn composed. It took him
3 hours to complete it.
Dieter Klöcker and Waldemar Wandel play Felix Mendelssohn's
konsertstück No. 2 op. 114 - Adagio
Two equal clarinets playing together is very nice to listen to. There
are a lot of sounds you can create with theese instrument. Mozart and
many others understood how to write for this combination.
Sabine Meyer and her brother Wolfgang play Franz Krommer's concert for
2 clarinets Op.35
Small ensemble /
The clarinet is very common in chamber music, like wind quintets or
smaller settings. It gives brilliance to the sound and often also plays
the melody part.
Henk de Graaf and friends play Max Bruch's Acht stücke Op.83 - No.7
Big ensemble / Clarinet Choir
The clarinet choir includes all the major members of the clarinet
family wich is contra bass, bass, alto, b-flat and the e-flat on top.
Stockholm Clarinet Choir plays the 1:st movement of Mozarts Eine Kleine
Note! This is the whole piece.
In pop music you can occationally hear the clarinet. An example is to
let it play a riff between verses like here.
Enya plays On Your Shore
Jazz with the bass clarinet
This is a very interestning use of the bass clarinet. Not many
clarinettists would be able to play like this.
Per "Texas" Johansson plays En kvart om dagen (15 minutes a day)
Jazz with the contrabass clarinet
This is one way to use the contrabass clarinet. Here it's used together
with a distorted double bass to form a very special sound. Pay
attention to the "groove" in the background and you'll understand.
Per "Texas" Johansson plays Flen tur och retur (Flen back and forth)
Tony Braxton has taken the contrabass clarinet to his heart and has
made some relly interesting jazz recordings with it.
Tony Braxton plays Ornithology (not working)
Swedish folk music
The clarinet was a common folkinstrument in Sweden from the end of the
18th to the beginning of the 20th century. It was brought to Sweden by
military people, and came to use at weddings, dinners and dances. Here
are three short clips demonstrating a solo clarinet, then toghether
with a fiddle and last together with a "varends" drum.
Kjell Leidhammar plays folkmusic from the west coast of Sweden
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