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Clarinet in high register

Discussion in 'General Jazz Discussions' started by rgeberer, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. rgeberer

    rgeberer Member

    In very early jazz recordings, say, 1920-22, the clarinet is often played way up high, in such a high register that it sounds a little like a flute. Was there any reason for that?
  2. LASaxman

    LASaxman Active Member

    I would just be speculating, but it might be that the clarinet, being less powerful than the trumpet and trombone, played high in order to be heard over the others. Also, each of the horns seemed to occupy a specific range in the sonic spectrum, i.e., tuba - very low, trombone - low, trumpet - mid-range, and clarinet - high.

    You often hear clarinet players soloing in the Chalumeau (low) register when they are not competing with other horns.

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