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From the Clarinet D'Amour to the Contra BassA History of the Large Size Clarinets, 1740-1860$

Albert R. Rice

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343281.001.0001

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(p.407) Appendix 4: Checklist of Extant Bass Clarinets and Contra Bass Clarinets, ca. 1750–1860

(p.407) Appendix 4: Checklist of Extant Bass Clarinets and Contra Bass Clarinets, ca. 1750–1860

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From the Clarinet D'Amour to the Contra Bass
Author(s):

Albert R. Rice

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Oxford University Press

THE TEXT OF CHAPTER 4 indicates that bass clarinets were made in seven basic shapes: plank or prototype, curved basset horn, bassoon, serpent, straight, ophicleide, and straight with butt joint. In this list, a plateau key may be an open standing lever that closes a second lever. The following is an alphabetical list by maker of surviving bass clarinets the existence of which I have been able to verify.

Bass Clarinets

  • Anonymous (unstamped). 3 key, Germany, B‐Bruxelles, 939; 3 key, Germany or Italy, CH‐Sonogno; 6 key, Germany or Italy, I‐Firenze, 109; 7 key, US‐NH‐Concord, 1966.544.6; 7 key, US‐NC‐Durham, E200; 20 key (+ 6 plateau), US‐NY‐New York, 89.1636; 20 key (+ 5 plateau), US‐NY‐New York, 89.4.1635; 12 key (+ 3 plateau), D‐Goch; 20 (+ 2 rings), US‐MA‐Boston, 17.1880.

  • Beck, Creuzberg. 17 key (+ 1 plateau), D‐Leipzig, 1540.

  • Berthold, Speyer. 17 key (+ 3 plateau), D‐München‐DM, 14103; 17 key (+ 3 plateau), D‐Göttingen, 532; 17 key (+ 3 plateau), D‐Michaelstein, SM 162.

  • Bimboni, Giovanni or Giovacchino, Firenze (attributed). 16 key (+ 5 plateau), D‐Nürnberg, MIR 482.

  • Buffet, Louis‐Auguste, Paris. 13 key (+ 2 plateau), F‐Paris, E.0644; 13 key (+ 2 plateau), D‐München‐BNM, 117; 13 key (+ 2 plateau), GB‐Edinburgh, 4948; 13 key (+ 4 plateau and 2 rings), GB‐Edinburgh, 4734; 13 key (+ 7 plateau), US‐MI‐Ann Arbor, 635; (attributed), 13 key (+ 4 plateau, 2 rings), F‐Paris‐K.

  • Buffet‐Crampon, Paris. 12 key (+ 7 plateau), Nürnberg, MIR 478; 12 key (+ 5 plateau, 2 rings for L2 and L3), DK‐København, 498; 12 key (+ 7 plateau) US‐MI‐Ann Arbor, 638; 14 key (+ 7 plateau), GB‐Edinburgh, 4878; 13 key (+ 7 plateau) F‐Nice, C131.

  • Catlin, Hartford. 6 key, US‐MI‐Dearborn, 77.68.1.

  • Catlin & Bacon, Philadelphia. 9 key, US‐NY‐Castile.

  • Catterini, Padova. 20 key (+ 8 plateau), GB‐Oxford, 496.

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  • Darche, Paris. 14 key (+ 7 plateau), S‐Stockholm, M111.

  • De Azzi, Venezia. 17 key, D‐Uhingen.

  • Desfontenelles, Lisieux. 10 key (1807), F‐Paris, E.1055, C.1136.

  • Dupré, Tournai (attributed). 13 key (+ 7 plateau), B‐Bruxelles, M2602.

  • Grenser, August, Dresden. 9 key (1795), D‐Darmstadt, Kg 67:133.

  • Grenser, Heinrich, Dresden. 8 key (1793), S‐Stockholm, M2653.

  • Kruspe, Erfurt. Bass clarinet, [18 key], D‐Berlin, 88; 18 key (+ 6 plateau), Ex US‐Ann Arbor, 636.

  • Lausmann, Johann Wenzel. Linz. 16 key (+ 2 plateau and 1 ring), D‐Uhingen.

  • Losschmidt, Olmütz. 17? key (+ 6 plateau), I‐Trieste, 10492; 17 key (+ 6 plateau), D‐Nürnberg, MIR 481; 17 key (+ 6 plateau), US‐NY‐New York, 89.4.2459; 18 key (+ 6 plateau), D‐München‐DM, 20506; 17 key (+ 6 plateau), GB‐Edinburgh, 5703; (attributed), 19 key (+ 6 plateau), A‐Linz, Mu 82.

  • Maino, Paolo, Milan. 14 key (+ 3 plateau), B‐Bruxelles, M941.

  • Marsh & Chase, Calais. 7 key, US‐NY‐Poughkeepsie; (attributed) Marsh, Calais or Fischer & Metcalf, Woodstock, 7 key, US‐DC‐Washington‐S, 65.609.

  • Martin Frères, Paris. 12 key (+ 7 plateau), F‐Paris, E.1154.

  • Mayrhofer, Anton Sr. and Michael, Passau. 7 key, D‐München‐S, 52–50.

  • Miner, Hartford. 9 key, US‐CT‐Farmington, 167 a + b; (attributed), 9 key, US‐NY‐Buffalo, 61.259; (attributed), 9 key, US‐NY‐Dearborn, 77.63.

  • Nechwalsky, Vienna. 17 key, US‐Washington‐S, 65.0613; 16 key, A‐Wien‐GM, 144.

  • Papalini, Chiaravalle. 5 key, D‐Leipzig, 1538; 5 key, B‐Bruxelles, 940; (attributed), 5 key, US‐MA‐Boston, 17.1879; (attributed), 5 key, US‐NY‐New York, 89.4.2345; 8 key, F‐Paris, E.760, C.550; 10 key (1829), I‐Roma, 617.

  • Riva, Persiceto. 19 key, US‐NY‐New York, 89.4.3124.

  • Sax, Adolphe, Brussels. 13 key (+ 7 plateau), B‐Bruxelles, M2601; 14 key (+ 7 plateau), B‐Bruxelles, M175; 13 key (+ 7 plateau), US‐MI‐Ann Arbor, 637.

  • Sax, Adolphe, Paris. 14 key (+ 7 plateau), F‐Paris, E.759, C.552; 14 key (+ 7 plateau), F‐Paris, E.1223 C.1137; 14 key (+ 7 plateau), NL‐Den Haag, 0840392; 14 key (+ 7 plateau), US‐MA, Newton Centre; (attributed), 14 key (+ 7 plateau), F‐Paris E.2197; (attributed), 14 key (+ 7 plateau), J‐Hamamatsu, A‐0164R; metal body, (attributed), 14 key (+ 7 plateau), F‐Paris, E.713 C.551.

  • Seidel, Mainz. 18 key (+ 1 plateau), D‐Leipzig, 1541.

  • Skorra, Berlin. 13 key (+ 2 plateau), D‐Leipzig, 1542.

  • Stengel, Bayreuth. 15 key (+ 2 plateau), B‐Bruxelles, 943; 15 key (+ 2 plateau), I‐Firenze, 161; 18 key (+ 2 plateau), D‐Nürnberg, MIR 479.

  • Streitwolf, Göttingen. 17 key, D‐Sondershausen, Mu 3; 17 key, CH‐Zurich‐B, 123; 18 key, D‐Leipzig, 1539; 19 key, D‐München‐DM, 68079; 19 key, D‐Nürnberg, MIR (p.409) 477; 19 key, NL‐Den Haag, 0840392; 19 key, NL‐Den Haag, 0840390; incomplete, D‐Kronach.

  • Uhlmann, Johann Tobias, Vienna. 13 key (+ 3 plateau, 1 ring), GB‐Edinburgh, 4818.

  • Uhlmann, Joseph, Vienna. 19 key (+ 4 plateau), D‐München‐DM, 43337.

  • Walsch, Prossnitz. 17 key (?+ 6 plateau), A‐Wien‐GM, 143.

  • Widemann, Paris. 13 key (+ 7 plateau, 1847), D‐Bochum, SGK 47; (attributed), 13 key (+ 7 plateau), Widemann, Paris, GB‐London‐H, 14.5.47/301.

Contra Bass Clarinets

  • Kruspe, Erfurt. 18 key (+ 2 plateau), D‐Berlin, 591.

  • Wieprecht & Skorra, Berlin. 18 key (+ 8 plateau), D‐Berlin, 2904.

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