|Leblanc also made an octocontrabass
clarinet, pitched an octave below the contrabass (three octaves below the
Bb soprano): I've yet to find even a recording of one. The image here is
shown with a contrabass clarinet, for scale. The octocontrabass was
made with range to low (really low) C, sounding Bb below the lowest
note of the piano.
There was apparently only one BBBb octocontrabass
ever built, and it is now in the personal collection of Mr. Leblanc himself.
Nevertheless, there are a few works written for it:
|There was also an EEEb "octocontralto" clarinet, only three of which were built. Haven't run across any of those, either. Let me know if you find one, OK? The image at left is Mr. Leblanc (many years ago) playing one of the Eb octocontralto clarinets (picture courtesy G. Leblanc Co.). If only we had a sound clip!|
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