Clarinet Day is celebrated on November 16 in the US and is an important holiday for music lovers. Clarinet sounds are fascinating: they make you sad, dream, rejoice. The world stops when the melody reaches people’s hearts. Isn’t that enough to join the celebration?
More than 3000 years have passed since the creation of the first analogue of the instrument. It happened in ancient Greece. The clarinet is a percussion musical instrument with a cylindrical body and a bell at the bottom. Some scholars believe that its early predecessor is “chalumo”. This fact indirectly confirms the name of the lower register of the clarinet.
Researchers claim that the instrument in a more modern version was created in 1700 by a German musician named Johann Christoph Denner. In the following centuries, the device underwent many upgrades. Today it is used for different styles: folklore, rock, jazz, etc. Mozart, the great Austrian composer, was also delighted with the sound of the clarinet and spoke about it more than once.
Notably, the clarinet:
- on average, it weighs 850 grams and has a length of about 70 cm;
- was the favorite instrument of the American actress Julia Roberts, she played it in the school orchestra;
- owes the longest note – it lasted 1 minute 16 seconds. The record was earned by Philip Palmer from Great Britain in 2006;
- considered the most virtuoso of the woodwind group;
- has a range of almost four octaves;
- in most cases it is made by hand with filigree precision.
How to celebrate
The best thing to do on a holiday is to play an instrument! A great time to learn musical skills is to attend mastery courses. Go to a performance in your city, invite friends and family. Listen to amazingly melodic music and fall in love with the clarinet again!
When is Clarinet Day celebrated in 2022?
Clarinet Day is observed on November 16 each year.