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The Clarinet in the Classical Period$
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Albert Rice

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342994.001.0001

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General design and construction characteristics

General design and construction characteristics

The Clarinet in the Classical Period

Albert R. Rice

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the design and characteristics of the classical clarinet. These instruments were constructed with four keys, to as many as thirteen keys. The type of wood and materials used are described, as well as how parts are made and assembled, and keys constructed and mounted onto the wood body. Other topics discussed are the mouthpiece, barrel, tuning of clarinets, reeds, dates stamped on clarinets, maker's marks, serial numbers, sounding pitch, pitch levels, and cases.

Keywords:   body material, cylindrical bore, finger holes, compass, tuning, intonation, tenons and sockets, keys, reeds, pitch

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