One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A reed instrument of the early 18th century from which the clarinet was developed.
- ‘The chalumeau instrument was designed to have a good chalumeau register with an almost nonexistent clarinet register.’
- ‘Early clarinets did not play well in the lower register, so chalumeaus continued to be made to play the low notes and these notes became known as the chalumeau register.’
- ‘He even has information on the chalumeau d' amore!’
- ‘It was developed from the chalumeau by J. C. Denner in Nuremberg in about 1700.’
- 1.1 The lowest octave of the clarinet's range.
- ‘We still refer to the lowest register of the clarinet as the chalumeau register.’
- ‘On top of hissing electronic flutters, one reedist begins by expelling delicate breaths until they gather into chalumeau register tones, while the other quacks and flutter tongues.’
- ‘The effect of volume on timbre is most pronounced in the chalumeau register.’
- ‘Katz's woody chalumeau register also lent depth and a hint of menace to the sinister, lurching ‘March’ and the slow, fantasia-like ‘Nigun.’’
- ‘This piece is entirely within the chalumeau register and is about a grade 1 standard.’
- ‘Some of the solos are scored primarily in the chalumeau register, with only brief extensions in the clarion register.’
- ‘These short pieces, partly original compositions and partly transcriptions from my own music for other instruments, are suitable for beginners and are all situated within the chalumeau register.’
- ‘The Adagio is in A-flat, dipping into the clarinet's low, chalumeau register and the through leaps and runs which it shares with the flute and bassoon.’
- ‘The limitation to the chalumeau register has been made at the specific request of a clarinet teacher.’
- ‘Students should have an appropriate level of technique before enrolling: a good basic sound, ability to play comfortably and fluently in the middle and chalumeau registers, with some experience of the altissimo register.’
Early 18th century: from French, from Latin calamellus ‘little reed’, diminutive of calamus.
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