History | Types of Clarinet | Famous Clarinet Performers | Types of Clarinet Music
The clarinet is a very expressive instrument with varying sounds, depending on the player's intent.
Well known clarinetists throughout history have mostly been under the umbrella of jazz players. The clarinet is most effective as a soloist instrument, but can thrive in countermelodies and background music in the right situations.
Mozart, one of the most widely known musicians in history, openly stated that he created clarinet concertos because of its "voice-like range and tone." Orchestra clarinet is often starring in solos, as well as in concert/chamber
Another important aspect of a clarinet is it's reed strength.
Softer reeds appeal to jazz players, while generally harder reeds appeal to a orchestra/chamber/concert player.