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Antoine-Joseph (known as Adolphe) Sax was a Belgian musical instrument designer, best known for inventing the saxophone. Having left school, Sax began to experiment with new instrument designs. In 1841, Sax relocated permanently to Paris and began work on a new set of instruments which were exhibited there in 1844. The 1840s also saw Sax inventing the instrument for which he is now best known, the saxophone. The saxophone was invented for use in military bands. The instrument is made of brass with a conical bore and a flared "bell" like other brass made instruments. It is part of the woodwind family and uses a single reed and mouthpiece much like the clarinet. The composer Hector Berlioz wrote approvingly of the new instrument in 1842, but the instrument was not patented until 1846, after he had designed and exhibited a full range of saxophones (from soprano to bass). These instruments made his reputation, and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire from 1867.

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Antoine-Joseph (known as Adolphe) Sax was a Belgian musical instrument designer, best known for inventing the saxophone. Having left school, Sax began to experiment with new instrument designs. In 1841, Sax relocated permanently to Paris and began work on a new set of instruments which were exhibited there in 1844. The 1840s also saw Sax inventing the instrument for which he is now best known, the saxophone. The saxophone was invented for use in military bands. The instrument is made of brass with a conical bore and a flared "bell" like other brass made instruments. It is part of the woodwind family and uses a single reed and mouthpiece much like the clarinet. The composer Hector Berlioz wrote approvingly of the new instrument in 1842, but the instrument was not patented until 1846, after he had designed and exhibited a full range of saxophones (from soprano to bass). These instruments made his reputation, and secured him a job teaching at the Paris Conservatoire from 1867. More...

 
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Louis-Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique, Grande messe des morts (Requiem), Les Troyens, and La damnation de Faust. Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with...
 
       
 
         
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