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About Antoine-Joseph Sax and his discovery "SAXOPHONE"
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About Antoine-Joseph Sax and his discovery "SAXOPHONE"


Antoine-Joseph Sax was born on November 6, 1814 in Dinant, Belgium to Mr. and Mrs. Charles-Joseph Sax. While his first name was Antoine, he was referred to as Adolphe from childhood.His father and mother were instrument designers. 

Adolphe began to make his own instruments at an early age, entering two of his flutes and a clarinet into a competition at the age of 15. He subsequently studied performance on those two instruments as well as voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.



 Having left the school, Sax began to experiment with new instrument designs, while his parents continued to make conventional instruments to bring money into the household. Adolphe`s first important invention was an improvement of the bass clarinet design.  in 1841 Sax relocated to Paris egan working on a new set of instruments exhibited there in 1844. after that his instruments so much more successful than those of his rivals that they became known as saxhorns.They range in approximately seven different sizes, and paved the path to the creation of the flugelhorn. Today, saxhorns are sometimes used in concert bands and orchestras. The saxhorn also laid the groundwork for the modern euphonium.
In 1845 Sax also developed the saxotromba family that became  papular more and more. 
Saxhorn instruments spread rapidly throughout the world. The saxhorn valves were accepted as state of the art and are largely unchanged today. he Jedforest Instrumental Band formed in 1854 and The Hawick Saxhorn Band formed in 1855, within the Scottish Borders, a decade after saxhorn models became available.
1840 saw Sax inventing the clarinette-bourdon, an early unsuccessful design of contrabass clarinet. on 28 June 1846 Sax was developed saxophone with good design. The saxophone was invented for use in both orchestras and concert bands. the saxophones made his reputation and secured him a job, teaching at the Paris Conservatoire in 1857.


Sax faced many near-death experiences. As per the biography, his mother once said that “He’s a child condemned to misfortune; he won’t live”. His neighbors called him “little Sax, the ghost”. Sax suffered from lip cancer between 1853 and 1858 but made a full recovery. He died in 1894 in Paris and was interred in section 5 (Avenue de Montebello) at the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris.



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