Project Title

The development of the Saxophone

Presenters

Academic department under which the project should be listed

COTA - Music

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Edward Eanes

This presentation is an expansion of a class project for an upper level music history course.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The saxophone is currently experiencing a renaissance with the creation of new solo repertory as well as in the dramatic increase in the level of virtuosity of today’s performers. This presentation will provide an overview of its creation by Adolph Sax, it’s technical advancements, it’s uses by composers such as Hector Berlioz, as well as its prominence in Jazz. The presentation will also address the development of the saxophone as a solo and chamber instrument with which it has become an important presence in today’s musical culture.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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The development of the Saxophone

The saxophone is currently experiencing a renaissance with the creation of new solo repertory as well as in the dramatic increase in the level of virtuosity of today’s performers. This presentation will provide an overview of its creation by Adolph Sax, it’s technical advancements, it’s uses by composers such as Hector Berlioz, as well as its prominence in Jazz. The presentation will also address the development of the saxophone as a solo and chamber instrument with which it has become an important presence in today’s musical culture.