clar·​i·​net | \ ˌkler-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce clarinet (audio) , 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 How to pronounce clarinettist (audio) , ˌkla-​rə-​ \ noun

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On Tuesday, the Daniel Bennett Group, featuring Bennett, who plays the saxophone, flute and clarinet, as well as Nat Janoff on guitar and Koko Bermejo on drums, performed at the Buena Vista Branch Library. Mark Kellam,, "Every Burbank library is part of the Sounds of Summer concert series," 9 July 2019 More than half of his 150-odd works—including his longest work for orchestra, concertos (or concertinos) for clarinet, flute, horn, violin, cello, and piano, as well as his only opera—were completed after his eighty-fifth birthday. Tim Page, The New York Review of Books, "Late Bloomer," 18 Apr. 2019 Joe, for example, is described as heavily breathing, and so the sound of breath became a jumping-off point for my use of woodwind instruments like the contralto clarinet and the flute. Paige Hymson,, "Play Next: The story behind a podcast’s original music," 25 June 2019 Cohen’s clarinet riffed, tumbled, screamed, divebombed. Michael J. West, Washington Post, "At the Hamilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and her quartet explode with intensity," 8 June 2019 In recent years, 80 percent of the clarinet positions in North American orchestras were filled by Mr. Gilad’s students, the professor testified in court documents. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "A Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Didn’t Want Him to Leave. So She Crushed His Dreams.," 15 June 2018 Joining the group for the occasion will be Jeff Anderle on bass clarinet and baritone Josh Quinn. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Show reunites artists of the ferryboat Vallejo," 9 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce clarinet (audio) \

Kids Definition of clarinet

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

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