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Saxophone – great musical instrument

Saxophone - great musical instrument

Saxophone – great musical instrument

Saxophone is probably the most expressive instrument. It is one of the newer instruments in the musical spectrum. The saxophone’s history can be traced back over 150 years. It was invented by Adolphe Sax, an expert instrument maker and talented musician. The saxophone was patented on March 20, 1846.
Sax was born in 1814 in Brussels (Belgium) and grew up in the trade of instrument making. His father was an expert in instrument making. The boy had already become an expert by the age of six.
The saxophone was born when Sax combined a horn with the body of a brass instrument and the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument. It was only one of a whole family of new instruments, which were also called the saxophones.

In 1842, Adolphe Sax went to Paris with only a few francs in his pocket. The famous composer Berlioz took a great interest in the new musical instruments and even arranged one of his own compositions for the saxophone. It was choral for voice and six wind instruments, in addition to the saxophone, other instruments designed by Sax were used. In December 1842 the saxophone first appeared in the opera orchestra at the premiere of Georges Kastner’s opera The Last King of Judea. In 1844, saxophone was first introduced at an industrial exhibition in Paris, and on March 21, 1846 Sax received a patent for a “system of wind instruments called saxophones”, which included eight varieties. In 1845, instruments designed by Sax (saxophones, saxhorns and saxotrombas) were introduced into military brass bands.
In 1845 the instrument became known as an integral part of all bands. Many composers began to write music for the saxophone.
Later the mouthpiece of the sax was made smaller and more parallel. This gave the sax the loud, agressive sound needed for jazz and dance music.
Today, many people enjoy the wonderful music produced by the saxophone. It has become a part of almost every style of music.

Adolphe Sax

Adolphe Sax

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