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Composers can make pretty god inventors, too. Take a look at our list of important inventions, discoveries and pioneering ideas from musicians, scientists, instrument makers and composers. Just steer clear of Elgar's garden shed…
The invention of the clarinet by Johann Christoph Denner (though it's rumoured his son was involved in the process too) was significant, as it was the first Western single-reed instrument. Thanks to popularisation by Mozart among others, the clarinet fell into regular orchestral use and has been used ever since.
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