clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet , ˌkla-rə-; ˈkler-ə-nət, ˈkla-rə-\

Definition of clarinet

: a single-reed woodwind instrument having a cylindrical tube with a moderately flared bell and a usual range from D below middle C upward for 3¹/₂ octaves

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clarinetist or clarinettist \ ˌkler-​ə-​ˈne-​tist , ˌkla-​rə-​ \ noun

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He's also written first-person accounts of performing the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev on clarinet and singing Mozart’s Requiem with world-class professionals. Randy Lewis,, "Buddy Guy to receive Americana Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award," 23 May 2018 Fiona Sparks on clarinet, Viktor Khodyko on viola, and Chris Dillon on piano follow with Johannes Brahms’ Trio in A Minor Op. Karen Toussaint,, "Chamber music concert on April 29 to benefit Kaufman Cancer Center," 23 Apr. 2018 The tenderness of the central section (lovely solo clarinet playing from Stephen Williamson) stood in welcome relief against the surrounding symphonic hellfire-and-brimstone. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Muti, CSO draw convincing contrasts in music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky," 20 Apr. 2018 Carl Topilow isn't packing up his red clarinet or leaving the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Zachary Lewis,, "Conductor Carl Topilow cues his departure from Cleveland Institute of Music after 37-year tenure," 11 Apr. 2018 Break out your own clarinet (visit the website to register) for a play-along piece that includes the audience., "Things to do in Greater Boston this spring," 30 Mar. 2018 This concert will feature Mr. Etkin’s quintet and two of his favorite musical characters: Clara Net (his clarinet) and her mother, Big Mama Tuba. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Events for Children in NYC This Week," 11 Jan. 2018 Expect to hear brassy quartets and quintets; clarinet solos and big voices; and swing when the Cotton Mouth Kings come by. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Don Quixote is represented as a solo cello (spelled by solo violin), Sancho Panza as a solo viola (with help from bass clarinet and tenor tuba). Jeffrey Gantz,, "Nelsons and the BSO shine in Widmann and Richard Strauss," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clarinet

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clarinet

French clarinette, probably ultimately from Medieval Latin clarion-, clario

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English Language Learners Definition of clarinet

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a tube and that is played by blowing into the top of the tube through a special mouthpiece


clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet \

Kids Definition of clarinet

: a woodwind instrument with a single reed, a straight body formed like a tube, and keys

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