Definition of chalumeau in English:

chalumeau

Syllabification: chal·u·meau
Pronunciation: /ˌSHaləˈmō
 
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noun (plural chalumeaux /-ˈmō(z)/)

1A reed instrument of the early 18th century from which the clarinet was developed.
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  • It was developed from the chalumeau by J. C. Denner in Nuremberg in about 1700.
  • He even has information on the chalumeau d' amore!
  • 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.
1.1 (also chalumeau register) The lowest octave of the clarinet’s range.
More example sentences
  • The limitation to the chalumeau register has been made at the specific request of a clarinet teacher.
  • 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.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Latin calamellus 'little reed', diminutive of calamus.

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