Who Made The Saxophone Popular? (Who, When & Why)

Who Made The Saxophone Popular
Written by Corey Morgan

Of the truth, there’s no denying the fact that it was Adolph Sax who not only invented the saxophone but also made it popular for all who had an interest.

The saxophone was first created in the 1840s and was thought to fill a gap in the musical landscape between string, brass, and woodwind instruments. In 1846, Adolphe Sax received patents for a variety of saxophones, and as a result, the world was introduced to a novel instrument that could be employed in concert bands as well as orchestras.

Even though some of the most well-known traditional composers of the early 20th century, such as Berlioz and Rossini, showed an initial interest in his discoveries, it took a great many years for his creations to actually come into the spotlight.

Saxophone As A Newcomer To Woodwind Instruments

Adolphe Sax, the sole and primary inventor of the saxophone was born in Dinant, Belgium, on November 6, 1814, and passed away in Paris, France, on February 7, 1894. In 1840, he constructed an instrument with a low register that he named “Saxophon,” which he intended to present in 1841 to the Commission of the Belgian Exhibition of Industry Products in Brussels.

Although the bass saxophone is described for the first time in the official catalogue of this display, Adolphe Sax was unable to complete it due to a lack of time. Nevertheless, it would appear that a rendition of Sax’s instrument was heard at this show in some form or another.

In the following years, during the French Exhibition of Industry Products that took place from May 1 to June 30, 1844, Sax once again prepared a demonstration of his instrument. The saxophone in question was the bass saxophone in the key of Bb, which is also manufactured in the key of C. It was referred to as saxophone No. 2 in patent No. 3226, which was issued on March 21, 1846.

The new saxophone that Adolphe Sax created featured a bore that was shaped like a parabolic cone, as well as a mouthpiece that had a simple reed that, due to its reduction in size, had been incorporated into the body of the instrument. However, he did not limit himself to just one instrument and did not content himself with merely developing the saxophone as his sole contribution to the musical world.

He had a long-standing desire to grow his family instruments, which would typically consist of between six and seven members. His objective was to achieve the broadest possible range of registers and to promote the integration of his instruments into existing orchestral repertoires. In the year 1843, he submitted patent applications for a set of six valved horns, which came to be known as the saxhorns.

In the year 1845, he patented seven (7) designs for a group of instruments that came to be known as the saxotromba. This was followed by his proposal for a patent in the year 1846 of a complete range of saxophones that included eight members, and then in the year 1849, he submitted the family of sax tubas. Adolphe Sax was awarded patents for a total of 46 different inventions.

The First Manufacturers Of Saxophones

Adolphe Sax passed away on February 7, 1894, and his son Adolphe-Édouard (1859-1945), who had been the conductor of the brass band at the Opera of Paris since 1888, succeeded him as the head of manufacturing at Sax. Adolphe Sax was the founder of the company.

Since then, the saxophone was primarily used in the context of military music, which limited its exposure to the general public and contributed to its decline in popularity.

Nearly two-thirds of the skilled labour force that French manufacturers of wind instruments relied on had been lost by the time the First World War came to a conclusion.

During this time period, there was a shortage of French instruments in the United States, which led to the beginning of the development of the country’s own domestic instrument production.

After being founded in 1885, Selmer Paris did not begin producing saxophones until 1921, which was thirty-six years later. Selmer altered the craftsmanship of the saxophone by first adopting the concept of drawn-out tone holes and then moving away from the practice of welding tone holes directly onto the body of the instrument.

This method was already in use in the United States for the production of the flute, and it resulted in significant time savings during the manufacturing process.

The instrument now has increased dependability while also boasting aesthetic and weight reductions. A new way of life and the beginning of jazz both contributed to an increase in people’s interest in playing the saxophone at the same time as Selmer began its conquest of the American market.

Selmer Paris made the historic acquisition of the Sax workshops in 1929, becoming the sole legatee of the saxophone’s invention as well as the spirit of the Sax brand in the process.

Why Is The Saxophone So Popular?

The saxophone’s music can help you relax because the instrument’s sound can be highly moving. Playing the saxophone can provide you with a variety of advantages, which is just one of the many reasons why you should consider doing so.

Here are some benefits of the saxophone that has made it so popular in the modern day:

  • The saxophone is a versatile instrument that works well in practically every style of music and elevates the overall listening experience of any band, whether they play jazz, country music, or even polkas.
  • The aura that the saxophone provides is simply amazing; it is laid-back and romantic, and it always produces the nicest environment, irrespective of the setting in which it is being performed.
  • In addition, the saxophone has a highly creative and humorous appearance, both when viewed from the outside and when handled. Even if it is not being played, the presence of the saxophone in the room creates an air that is very hip and contemporary.
  • Music played on the saxophone can transport you to places that no other instrument can match. But even though guitarists will disagree with you, that is still the truth.