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The Saxophone

Stephen Cottrell


In the first fully comprehensive study of one of the world's most iconic musical instruments, this book examines the saxophone's various social, historical, and cultural trajectories, and illustrates how and why this instrument, with its idiosyncratic shape and sound, became important for so many different music-makers around the world. After considering what led inventor Adolphe Sax to develop this new musical wind instrument, the book explores changes in saxophone design since the 1840s before examining the instrument's role in a variety of contexts: in the military bands that contributed so ... More

Keywords: Adolphe Sax, wind instrument, saxophone design, military bands, popular music, art music, jazz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100419
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Cottrell, author