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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000421.txt from 1997/12

From: Edmund William White <>
Subj: Re: basset clarinets
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:10:01 -0500

On Mon, 8 Dec 1997, Sarah Rodgerson wrote:

> I'm wondering if anyone could possibly enlighten me on the subject of =
> basset clarinets. I thought that a basset was merely a clarinet in the =
> key of F. Now I see discussion of a piece that is written for a basset =
> clarinet in B flat. What is the difference, guys, between a basset =
> clarinet in B flat and a bass clarinet?
> Sarah Rodgerson
> Rice University
> Bass Clarinet, Texas All-State 1997
A bassett clarinet is pitched in A or Bb, and extends to the C
below low E (like a low C bass clarinet). A bassett horn if a clarinet
in F that has the same keywork extension. The bassett clarinet looks
like a regular soprano with an extra-long lower joint that has a
provision for a peg.

Edmund White
Bass Clarinet, Illinois All-State

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