Subcontrabass Clarinets

 Sub-Contrabass Clarinets  

There are two experimental instruments pitched one octave below the Contra-alto and Contrabass (the Octo-Contra-Alto and the Octo-Contrabass respectively).  Continue reading “Subcontrabass Clarinets”

Contrabass Clarinet

Contrabass Clarinet

Contrabass Clarinet range

This is the lowest clarinet to be found today sounding one octave below the Bass Clarinet.  It is always pitched in B-flat (contrary to what Arnold Schoenberg wrote in his 5 Orchestral Pieces when he scored for an instrument in A!).  Continue reading “Contrabass Clarinet”

Basset Horn or F Alto Clarinet

Basset Horn

Basset Horn range

The Basset Horn is a curious member of the clarinet family.  Traditionally, it is a small bore (roughly equal to the bore size of the B-flat and A Clarinets) instrument pitched in F (a fifth lower than written).  Again, traditionally, the Basset Horn was to be played by B-flat/A Clarinetists with the same mouthpiece used on those instruments.  However, in practicality, most modern instruments do not conform to this ideal.  Continue reading “Basset Horn or F Alto Clarinet”