Poster or Presentation Title

The Clarinet from Antiquity to Today

Student Author Information

Nathaniel EstesFollow

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Music

Abstract

The clarinet, coming from simple cane instruments with a slit cut into the cane to create a reed, to the modern clarinet with scientific advancements in the instrument and reed making process, not only shows how the clarinet has evolved, but how technology itself has evolved over hundreds of years. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research is to investigate how the clarinet evolved to become the modern clarinet. The particular problems of this study were to (1) trace historical development of the clarinet, (2) identify mechanical and stylistic characteristics between the Basset horn and the clarinet, and (3) to make a clarinet in order to understand the math behind the instrument.

The clarinet evolved from the simple cane reeds to the modern clarinet, invented by Johann Denner in 1700. The Basset horn, like the clarinet, made in different keys and popular in the Classical era, provided stark differences to the clarinet in tone color. I made a clarinet to understand the wavelengths of the fundamental pitch of the clarinet. Knowing how to make the clarinet can provide teachers with a future lesson plan.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Cynthia Ramsey

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The Clarinet from Antiquity to Today

The clarinet, coming from simple cane instruments with a slit cut into the cane to create a reed, to the modern clarinet with scientific advancements in the instrument and reed making process, not only shows how the clarinet has evolved, but how technology itself has evolved over hundreds of years. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research is to investigate how the clarinet evolved to become the modern clarinet. The particular problems of this study were to (1) trace historical development of the clarinet, (2) identify mechanical and stylistic characteristics between the Basset horn and the clarinet, and (3) to make a clarinet in order to understand the math behind the instrument.

The clarinet evolved from the simple cane reeds to the modern clarinet, invented by Johann Denner in 1700. The Basset horn, like the clarinet, made in different keys and popular in the Classical era, provided stark differences to the clarinet in tone color. I made a clarinet to understand the wavelengths of the fundamental pitch of the clarinet. Knowing how to make the clarinet can provide teachers with a future lesson plan.