[Dixielandjazz] Clarinet mutes

Mark Bauer jazz_trombone at axint.net
Sat Jul 17 09:00:26 PDT 2004

The muting of woodwinds is a very rare thing indeed. Today what is done 
when they need as different sound(which is when they obviously would do 
it) is a handkerchief is stuck up the bell. I can't think of any 
compositions in classical music but if it would have been it probably 
would have been done during the very late romantic era periods or during 
the early to mid 20th century musics when composers where exploring 
different sounds and timbre from various instruments. In a jazz setting 
if it was done at all probably would have before or during the swing era 
because after that period clarinets were rarely seen other than 
traditional jazz.


"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being

Anton Crouch wrote:

> The more interesting question is "why would the bandleader mute the
> clarinets?"

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