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Updated: Apr 13, 2019

The story of the clarinet, introduced to the World by Mozart, dates back to the 17th century. We can say that the first form of clarinet was Chalumeau, used as a general name for wind instruments in French. It was improved by JC Denner. With renovations on its frets and holes, it was made capable to play the third and fifth harmonics.

Used as a solo instrument until the 1800s, Ivan Müller developed the clarinet as a 13-key instrument and presented it to the Paris Conservatory. It became the most developed clarinet since JC Denner and it was used until the end of the 1800s. Later on, Klose and Buffet achieved in applying the fingering system in flute to the clarinet.

Since some instruments in Ancient Egypt and Africa resemble the clarinet it shouldn’t be overlooked that there are proofs that the clarinet emerged from ancient civilizations. Although it was first recorded in around 1790, it is historically rumored to be invented earlier.

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