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”

Contra-Alto Clarinet

Contra-Alto Clarinet

Contra-Alto Clarinet

This instrument, sometimes known as the E-flat Contrabass, is pitched an octave below the E-flat Alto.  It possesses a warm and rich sound.  It is said to be very similar in response and ease of playing to the Bass Clarinet, and in fact some players think of it as just an over-sized Bass Clarinet.

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