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The Saxophone$
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Stephen Cottrell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100419

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100419.001.0001

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The saxophone in the nineteenth century

The saxophone in the nineteenth century

(p.92) Chapter 3 The saxophone in the nineteenth century
The Saxophone

Stephen Cottrell

Yale University Press

This chapter takes a look at the social and political environment of the nineteenth century and how this affected the production of classical music as well as the manufacturing and sales of musical instruments. During this period, musical instruments had become tradable commodities, manufactured and sold in large quantities. This was due partly to the expansion of the middle class, which led to more fragmented patterns of musical consumption. These changes, however,were experienced mostly in Paris, which became the centre of instrument manufacturing during this period—and the reason why Adolphe Sax wanted to permanently establish himself there. Patents for brass and wind instruments also increased in popularity in the years 1840–70. The impact all this had on instrument manufacturing was significant, and Sax's factory was granted the saxophone patent by 1846. The chapter thus explores how the saxophone emerged during this period of industrial growth.

Keywords:   classical music, musical instruments, middle class, musical consumption, Adolphe Sax, wind instruments, saxophone patent

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