THE THAMESIDE CLARINET CHOIR
Clarinet Choirs | Thameside's
History | Musical Director
About Clarinet Choirs
What is a clarinet choir? Very briefly, it is an 'orchestra'
of clarinets but is more akin to a vocal choir in that
the sounds made by the different sizes of clarinet blend
together rather than being contrasted as with an orchestra.
Of all the woodwind instruments, the clarinet has the
biggest range of notes, and produces a variety of tones
throughout its playing compass.
It is most suited to
large ensemble music not only because the warm tone of
the clarinet blends together well, but also the clarinet
family embraces a huge range of notes, normally from around
Bb nearly three octaves above middle C on the piano, down
to Bb at the bottom of the keyboard, more than three octaves
below middle C.
A Clarinet Choir can
be as small as 3 Bb Clarinets and a Bass Clarinet, but
a Full Choir could be scored for:
(Ab Clarinet), Eb Clarinet
1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet
1st Alto Clarinet, 2nd Alto Clarinet, (Basset Horn)
1st Bass Clarinet, 2nd Bass Clarinet
Contra Alto Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet