::Bass clarinet


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The article states that the bass clarinet is used in "Valkyrian and Tristan, by Wagner" - I suspect this means that it is used in Die Walküre and is also used in Tristan und Isolde, but I don't know Wagner as well as I should, so I'm not sure - can anyone confirm? (There's no single piece called "Valkyrian and Tristan", of course.) --Camembert

I've removed the Mozart Requiem from the list of works that employ the instrument - I'm almost certain that it's the basset horn in that piece, which is sort of an ancestor of the bass clarinet (and I think it was sometimes called the "bass clarinet" in Mozart's day, though I'd have to look it up to be sure), but isn't the same instrument. I'm prepared to be proved wrong about this, of course. --Camembert

Each time I've seen a live performance of the Requiem (maybe twice) the clarinet parts have always been taken by an instrument that looks as described: clarinets with crooked mouthpieces and bells, resembling a baritone sax. Whether these would be found on an authentic-instruments performance is something I wouldn't know myself.
"Valkyrian and Tristan" seem to be inherited from the Swedish page. I am reasonably certain that these are the two Wagner works meant. -- Smerdis of Tlön

Oh this is funny, you wouldn't believe it, but I clicked on Recent changes and this was the first article that popped up and I play bass clarinet...I just had to say that because what are the chances of that happening on Wikipedia?--naryathegreat 00:55, Dec 22, 2004 (UTC)

I've just checked the score of the Mozart Requiem, and it is basset-horns, not bass clarinets, that are written for. Basset horns are not all that common, so I suppose basses might be substituted nowadays as a cheat. Thanks for fixing the Wagner. --Camembert

Why is "The Light Fantastic" linked to the article about the Terry Pratchett book of the same name? Is there any connection other than the name? -- Rsholmes 20:48, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps it would be worth mentioning "When I'm 64" by the Beatles? The bass clarinet is prominent in that piece, and for many may be the only place they have recognizably heard it.Tuc 07:19, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

I concur. A section should be added for Bass Clarinet in contemporary music. Shploo 01:26, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

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