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Saxophone and Adolphe Sax


Yamaha YAS-25 Alto Saxophone

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The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a conical-bore transposing musical instrument that is a member of the woodwind family. The saxophone was invented by the Belgian clarinetist Adolphe Sax in 1846. He wanted to create an instrument that would both be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds and the most adaptive of the brass, which would fill the then vacant middle ground between the two sections.

The saxophone was invented by the Belgian clarinetist Adolphe Sax in 1846. He patented the sax on June 28, 1846 in two groups of seven instruments each

He patented the sax on June 28, 1846 in two groups of seven instruments each. Each series consisted of instruments of various sizes in alternating transposition. The series pitched in B♭ and E♭, designed for military bands, has proved extremely popular and most saxophones encountered today are from this series. A few saxophones remain from the less popular orchestral series pitched in C and F

 

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