The Clarinet is a woodwind instrument with a single swinging reed and a cylindrical bore. It is governed by the acoustic law of closed pipes, and its key, commonly but improperly called the octave key, makes it a "quintuating" instrument... That is to say, in the upper register, it plays a 12th (an octave and a fifth).
It is likely that the French pastoral Chalumeau of the Middle Ages is at its origin.
The Clarinet family is very large (about a dozen, in almost every key). Among the most commonly used are the Bb Clarinet, the Eb Clarinet (known as the Petite Clarinet) and the Bb Bass Clarinet.
It is used in various styles. Its timbre, very rich in odd harmonics, gives it a round, warm and velvety sound.
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