Pedagogical Videos Of Clarinet In History

The Spanish clarinet trio ‘Doctores Una Cosa Rara’ offer us a few pedagogical videos of how the clarinet has evolved throughout history. They use a very dynamic and entertaining way to show a diverse spectrum of clarinets, from the chalumeau to the electronic clarinet.

Please have a look at these videos by clicking here. Notice the difference in sound, material and construction of these instruments. Quite fun for children, it also includes a quiz you might like to try!

I have taken the liberty to translate these details from the website into English:



• Period: Baroque, 1690
• Material: boxwood.
• Two brass keys.
• Sweet sound.
• Able to play only a few notes.
• Predecessor to the modern-day clarinet.




• Period: Baroque, 1710
• Material: boxwood.
• Two brass keys.
• Loud, shrill sound.
• Able to play high and low notes!


CLASSICAL CLARINETclassical-clarinet

• Period: Classicism, 1760
• Material: boxwood.
• Five brass keys.


ROMANTIC CLARINETromantic-clarinet

• Period: Romanticism, 1830
• Material: Ebony wood.
• 12 silver-plated keys.


CLARINET TODAYclarinet-today

• Period: 1960
• Material: Ebony wood.
• Contemporary music / avant-garde
EWI CLARINET (Electronic Wind Instrument)
• Period: 1980
• Material: plastic. ewi-clarinet






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