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Clarinet, or Clarionet, a musical instrument usually made of wood, consisting of a mouthpiece containing a single reed by which the sound is produced. It has a compass of nearly four octaves, and its full, rich, mellow tone renders it admirably adapted for combination with stringed instruments. Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and most of the other great composers have employed the clarinet with much effect in concerted pieces.