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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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Modernism and postmodernism

Modernism and postmodernism

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(p.264) Chapter 7 Modernism and postmodernism
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The Saxophone
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Stephen Cottrell

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100419.003.0008

This chapter looks at the roles of modernism and postmodernism in the resurgence of interest in the saxophone—now one of the most frequently heard and widely used instruments. This was due partly to the significant expansion of Western popular music, bringing the saxophone into a broad range of musical contexts. Globalization and the proliferation of mass media also played a role in the saxophone's awareness in the public eye and ear. The saxophone proved to be the quintessential postmodern instrument in the sense that it was the product of the cultural consequences of globalization, its versatility and timbral flexibility making it capable of adapting to a wide range of musical genres and uses. This chapter, thus maps out how the saxophone emerged from the context of postmodernism and how this would eventually affect the world of music as a whole.

Keywords:   saxophone, postmodernism, modernism, Western popular music, globalization, mass media, postmodern instrument, globalization

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