Basset Clarinet

B Clarinet

Made in both A & B flat like the normal clarinet, these instruments have an extended range of a major third taking the bottom note down to written C (concert A or B flat) the same compass as the basset horn in F. These extended instruments were developed by Anton Stadler who played second clarinet in the Vienna Opera and had a particular fondness for low notes! Mozart’s Concerto and Quintet were written for Stadler to perform on the basset clarinet – the extension adds a certain darkness to the tone over the whole range.




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