Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Benny Goodman

Description (Brief)

This clarinet was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie in Paris, France in 1967. It is a Boehm System clarinet in A, serial #96509, made of ebony with German silver plated keys and rings. This clarinet is stamped:

BUFFET
Crampon & Cie
A PARIS
[Buffet-Crampon logo]
MADE IN FRANCE

Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman (1909-1986), American jazz and classical clarinetist, and bandleader, purchased this clarinet from the shop of W. Hans Moenning of Philadelphia in 1968.

Goodman, while best known for jazz, commissioned several major works of chamber and symphonic music for clarinet including Contrasts by Béla Bartók, Derivations for Clarinet and Band by Morton Gould, and the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland.

Location
Currently on loan

Object Details

Data Source
National Museum of American History
user
Goodman, Benny
maker
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
date made
1967
Credit Line
Gift of Rachel Goodman Edelson and Benjie Goodman Lasseau
Physical Description
ebony (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27 in x 3 1/4 in; 68.58 cm x 8.255 cm
Object Name
clarinet