D Clarinet

D Clarinet

D Clarinet range

I will only mention this instrument in passing.  It is pitched a minor second below the E-flat Clarinet and theoretically forms a pair with the smaller E-flat (akin to the relationship between the B-flat and A Clarinets).  However, in the US, the D Clarinet is almost non-existent. Its use in Europe is more common, but still rare. Traditionally, it has been said that its home is “east of the Rhine.” Continue reading “D Clarinet”

E-flat Clarinet

E-flat Clarinet

E-flat Clarinet range

This is the smallest clarinet in common use.  Its high pitched squeal is well-known in both the band and orchestral literature.  Early band composers utilized the small E-flat Clarinet (as well as the now extinct high F Clarinet) as a staple of their writing.  One needs only to look at Berlioz’s Funeral and Triumphal Symphony to see how he constantly uses the E-flat Clarinet as one of the main melody instruments.  Continue reading “E-flat Clarinet”