Clarinet in B-flat

Graves & Company

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

The clarinet is a comparatively recent member of the orchestral wind section. It gained popularity in the orchestra of Mannheim, Germany, in the later eighteenth century, and its warm, woody sound came into its own in the chamber and orchestral music of Mozart. This example was made in the United States, where colonists first established orchestras in theaters and pleasure gardens.

Clarinet in B-flat, Graves & Company, Boxwood, ebonite, ivory, brass, American

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