Saxophones description and sound

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Musicians

 Viviane CAULLIREAU

 Louis CHARVET QUEMIN

Romain COURTAUD

 Raphaëlle PHARABOT

Stéphanie GUAY

Suzanne POUILLON

Florent RATEL

Frédéric VITE

Marcel GUIRAO

Jean Paul SUDUL

 

Sylvain DEGEORGES

Marie Thérèse MORAT

Antoine ROBERT

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Although made of metal, the saxophone belongs to the woodwind family (and not the brass family, as is commonly misunderstood) because it uses a wooden reed. As with the clarinet, it is the vibration of the reed on the plastic mouthpiece that creates the sound. In addition, it tends to be closer to the sound of the strings, making it the missing link that bridges the woodwinds and brass instruments in a symphonic band. The most common saxophones are the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone, which make up the quartet of saxophones.

The instrument was a late invention (in 1841) by the Belgian inventor Adolphe SAX, who wanted to create an instrument that would both be the loudest of the woodwinds and the most versatile of the brass. Although the saxophone has a relatively marginal place in classical music, it is undoubtedly the king of jazz instruments.

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