Who Invented The Saxophone



Who invented the saxophone? Adolphe Sax was the inventor of the saxophone. Patented in 1846 although the idea probably formed in his head some years earlier. I'll say the early 1840's because there doesn't seem to be any specific date apart from when the patent was registered in June of that year.

So the history of the saxophone as a musical instrument is quite short, some 150 years or there abouts.

Now you know I'll ask you a question! WHO INVENTED THE SAXOPHONE?? Adolphe Sax! Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back. A brief history follows.

Adolphe Sax

Adolphe Sax History

Born in Belgium on the 6th November 1814 into a large family his birth name was Antoine, No I don't know why he adopted the name Adolphe but if anyone else does I'll be happy to update it if I can confirm it by independent means. He worked for his father from an early age as an apprentice making musical instruments. After some messing about with clarinets (which he was very good at apparently) Sax decided on a move to Paris. Now whether he had already formed the idea in his head or the heady romance of Paris got to him is unknown, suffice to say it is in Paris that the inventor of the saxophone produced the first version of the sexiest sounding and looking instrument in the world. Good man!

Now considering he invented the Saxophone, possibly the sexiest looking and sounding instrument around, Adolphe wasn't a womaniser and never actually got married, although he did father several siblings, five I believe, all to the same woman.

Plagued throughout his life by lawsuits (relating to the Sax) he died in 1894 an unwealthy man. His business was taken over by his son and was then taken over by Selmer at the end of the 1920's. Thats probably why we all want a Selmer.

Now Sax may have died but he will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on for many a decade to come. Living in the likes of you and me and everyone out there who appreciates what a truly great instrument it is, the great and famous players that have been made with it and the truly beautiful sounds it can produce. Lets always remember Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the saxophone.


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