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Study on the Expressive Force of Clarinet Performance in Symphony

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DOI: 10.23977/SMEHR2023.044


Hanwen Zhang

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Hanwen Zhang


The clarinet is the most expressive instrument among wind instruments. Its unique personality distinguishes it from all other woodwind instruments, whether it is in terms of sound, timbre, or technical personality, which can always allow listeners to feel its extremely charming and tense performance effect in numerous wind instrument performances or large-scale symphony orchestra performances. The emergence of the clarinet can be traced back to the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. Its sound range consists of three parts: low, medium, and high, each with its own characteristics. The range of the clarinet is also relatively broad, almost covering four octaves, which is difficult for other symphonic instruments to achieve. It is precisely because of the characteristics of range and timbre that the clarinet can play an important role in performance, and its position and role in the band are also relatively important. The timbre and range of the clarinet determine the quality of the performance. Therefore, the clarinet has the nickname of “opera soprano” in the music industry. This article provides a brief introduction to the development of the clarinet and its position in symphony. At the same time, it explores the musical expression and specific application of the clarinet in symphony.


Clarinet performance, Symphony, Expressive research

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