November 6, 1814, in the beautiful Belgian city of Dinant, Adolphe Sax is born, who will be a manufacturer of musical instruments and will invent the saxophone in 1840.

On this day (November 6), 1814, in the beautiful Belgian city of Dinant, Adolphe Sax was born, who would be a manufacturer of musical instruments and would invent the saxophone in 1840.
His father and his mother were both instrument designers, who made several changes to the design of the horn.
Adolphe began making his own instruments at a young age, inscribing two of his flutes and a clarinet in a competition at the age of 15. Later he studied interpretation of these two instruments and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels
After leaving the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Sax began experimenting with new instrument designs, while his parents continued their business of making conventional instruments.
Sax's first major invention was an improvement on the design of the bass clarinet which he patented at the age of 24 years.
He moved permanently to Paris in 1842 and began work on a new game of horns with valves. Although he did not invent this instrument, examples of his were far more successful than those of his rivals and became known as saxhorns .
Sax also developed the family saxtromba, brass instruments with valves and a narrower diameter than saxhorns, in 1845, though they survived only briefly.
The use of saxophone horns spread rapidly. Saxophone horn valves were accepted as cutting edge in their time and remain largely unchanged today. The advances made by Adolphe Sax were soon followed by the British brass band movement which exclusively adopted the saxophone horn family of instruments. The Jedforest Instrumental Band was formed in 1854 and the Hawick Saxhorn Band was formed in 1855, within the Scottish borders, a decade after the models of saxhorn were available.
On June 28, 1846, he patented the saxophone, destined to its use in orchestras and military bands. By 1846, Sax had designed saxophones ranging from the sopranino to the subcontrabass, although not all were built. Composer Hector Berlioz wrote approvingly of the new instrument in 1842, but despite his support, saxophones did not become a standard part of the orchestra.
As a curiosity, comment that the first known work for saxophone, the Canto Sagrado sextet, was composed by Héctor Berlioz in 1844 and it was Adolphe Sax himself who played it.
-------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- ------------------
- What is that?
- a new instrument
- what is it for?
- to cook
- how?
- because a musical instrument is for making music
- ok, ok... can you leave it to me?
- sure, take
- oysters...
- what's up?
- I need to wear a wig
- a wig?
- a colorful wig and a red nose
- as a clown?
- yes, I want to be a clown!
- let me work please
- think about what I'm saying, there's a niche there: clowns
- leave me
.

Leave a comment

Please note that comments must be approved before being published.