Instruments | Saxhorn | Late Romantic | Classical
Adolphe Sax patented the saxhorn in 1845. Seizing on the idea of valved brass instruments which was already current, Sax conceived the idea of a family of such instruments, with a shared playing technique and a shared quality of sound. After early experiments with a shape modelled on the trumpet, he built the entire family on the tuba model. Although the expression ‘saxhorn’ has largely dropped out of currency, the effects of Sax’s conception have endured. The E flat soprano saxhorn can be heard today in the form of the soprano cornett, the E flat instrument is now the tenor horn, the B flat instrument is the baritone, the B flat bass is the euphonium and the E flat contrabass was replaced by the E-flat bass tuba.
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