Instrument Family



Treble Clef

Modern Instrument Invented


Fun Facts

  • The clarinet is the only single-reed instrument commonly played in the orchestra.
  • The reed is placed on a mouthpiece. A clarinet player makes sound when they blow air between the mouthpiece and reed, causing the reed to vibrate.
  • The clarinet is sometimes called the “Licorice Whip” because it looks like a piece of black licorice!
  • Other common instruments in the clarinet family include the E-flat clarinet (smaller) and bass clarinet (larger).

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Clarinet

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Clarinetist David Thomas introduce the clarinet!

Hear Columbus Symphony Principal Clarinetist David Thomas play an orchestral excerpt!

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