The Saxophone and Adolphe Joseph Sax

The Saxophone

The Saxophone

Fun Facts About the Saxophone

  • A U.S. patent was filed for the saxophone on May 17th, 1846
  • The saxophone was invented in 1840 by Belgian musician Adolphe Joseph Sax
  • Adolphe Joseph SaxWhen he was 2 years old, he fell out of a second story window and fractured his skull.
  • When he was 6 years old, he mistakenly drank boric acid.
  • When he was 9 years old, he fell over a small cliff and broke his leg.
  • When he was 11 years old, he contracted measles and was in a coma for nine days.
  • When he was 14 years old, he broke his arm when he caught it in a carriage door.
  • When he was 19 years old, he was struck on the head by a falling brick.
  • When he was 23 years old, he almost died from the effects of tainted wine.
  • When he was 29 years old, he invented the Saxophone
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
  • The saxophone has become associated with mostly with American music
  • Their are five main types of saxophones. They are called, from highest sounding to lowest, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass.
  • Blind saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was known to play multiple saxophones at the same time, essentially becoming a one-man saxophone section.
  • The saxophone was originally meant to be played in classical ensembles and concert bands, but it is now more closely associated with jazz, rock and funk bands.
  • Many famous musicians have played the saxophone including John Coltrane, Kenny G, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band and LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band.
  • Circular breathing is used by saxophonists to hold long, uninterrupted notes. The most famous circular breathing saxophonist is Kenny G who once held a single uninterrupted note for 45 minutes without stopping.

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