Previous Next


19th century, Manufacturer: Johann Baptist Merklein




The clarinet in Ab (high) was an instrument in military bands popular in Austria and Bavaria in the 19th century. In Vienna the high clarinets tuned in F or G were called “Picksüßes Hölzl”, meaning literally “sickeningly sweet piece of wood”, due to their high and penetrating sound. As usual, at that time the instrument was made of boxwood and the thin parts of the corpus like receiver-areas were reinforced with rings of wood, bone or ivory. (bd)

Location: Neue Burg, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente Saal 17

Object data

Object Name





19th century

Dimensions Cover size is a museum or exhibition-specific information. It does not specify the real dimensions of the musical instrument.

345 mm x 65 mm x 65 mm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente

Inv. No.

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 1074

Kunst & Patenschaft

This object is still without a Art Patron. Accept the patronage and make sure that this cultural treasure is preserved for future generations.
Your donation is a direct and sustainable contribution to the scientific documentation, research, restoration, and presentation of the artworks of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Become an art patron