Thursday, 6 November 2014
Starting making own musical instruments at 14, he invented a whole new family of musical instruments!!!
Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (6 November 1814 – 7 February 1894) was a Belgian musical instrument designer and musician who played the flute and clarinet, and is well known for having invented the saxophone. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. Antoine-Joseph Sax was born in Dinant, Belgium. Adolphe's first important invention was an improvement of the bass clarinet design, which he patented at the age of 24. Sax relocated permanently to Paris in 1841 and began working on a new set of instruments exhibited there in 1844. The period around 1840 saw Sax inventing the clarinette-bourdon, an early unsuccessful design of contrabass clarinet. By 1846 Sax had designed, on paper, a full range of saxophones (from sopranino to subcontrabass).
The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made ofbrass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.
The saxotromba is a valved brasswind instrument invented by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax around 1844.
The saxhorn is a valved brass instrument with a conical bore and deep cup-shapedmouthpiece. The sound has a characteristic mellow quality, and blends well with other brass.