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The saxophone is a very misunderstood instrument When it is mentioned the typical person thinks of jazz pop or rock of the 20th century The saxophone although a huge part of the 20th century radio genre was and still is part of the classical repertoire The instrument itself is very popular and it is very common to have a wind band with several saxophone players It is found most often in jazz ensembles But the saxophone was invented in 1840 and jazz did not show up until the 20th century The saxophone was around well before jazz musicians Charlie Parker Lester Young and Paul Desmond were alive So what was the purpose of the classical saxophone Where did it come from Adolphe Sax could not have imagined the popularity of his invention at the time that he patented it He was born in Dinant on the Meuse River This Belgium city was once under French rule Saxs father was an architect and a musician He enjoyed tinkering in his fathers shop always trying to build or invent something His father encouraged this and without this encouragement the saxophone may have not been invented until many years later His first musical experiences were good ones and being very fluent in woodwinds he began to notice intonation problems with clarinets He would tinker with them trying to improve on the instrument Had Sax not been so content with improving on instruments he surely would have been a virtuoso clarinetist At the age of 14 he showed much potential but his true love was working on the instruments By the time he was 16 he had already been recognized for his improvements on the clarinet He entered many shows and competitions showing his improved instruments Still he was not satisfied He wanted something new and exciting He came upon the idea of having a conical brass instrument that produced a sound with a reed like a clarinet
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