On this site you will find some facts and interesting articles on the saxophone and music in general. Invented in 1846 by an extraordinary man, Adolphe Sax, this is one of the most unique musical instruments in the world of music. Adolphe Sax was a Belgian flutist, clarinetist and an instrument maker who lived in Paris. Before his invention, he improved the bass clarinet’s keywork and acoustics, where he extended the lower range of this particular instrument. Moreover, he invented an ophicleide, which was quite popular at the time: this had keys similar to those in a woodwind instrument, and that experience helped Sax to construct and develop the first saxophone in 1840. This woodwind instrument is made of brass with a single-reed mouthpiece like the one in the clarinet. Therefore it holds the best features of two different instruments.
Adolphe Sax patented his new invention on June 28, in the year 1846. Although the saxophone is made of brass, it is categorised as a woodwind instrument and not like a brass one. This genius of an instrument is used in various music genres from classical music, marching bands, military bands and jazz. It also proved particularly successful in modern and experimental music compositions.
Respected and known composer, Claude Debussy, was so fascinated with this instrument, that he composed “Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone” in 1901, for the saxophone and the orchestra – a groundbreaking piece of work, not only at the time but to this day. If you are interested in the spectacular, vivid world of saxophone and music, you came to the right place.