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  • 54 b/w illus. 8 music examples
  • Page extent: 246 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 788.7
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: ML975 .C36 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Saxophone
    • Europe--Economic conditions--18th century
    • Europe--Intellectual life

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521596664 | ISBN-10: 0521596661)

The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone, first published in 1999, tells the story of the saxophone, its history and technical development from Adolphe Sax (who invented it c. 1840) to the end of the twentieth century. It includes extensive accounts of the instrument's history in jazz, rock and classical music as well as providing practical performance guides. Discussion of the repertoire and soloists from 1850 to the present day includes accessible descriptions of contemporary techniques and trends, and moves into the electronic age with midi wind instruments. There is a discussion of the function of the saxophone in the orchestra, in 'light music' and in rock and pop studios, as well as of the saxophone quartet as an important chamber music medium. The contributors to this volume are some of the finest performers and experts on the saxophone.

• The most comprehensive guide to the saxophone in all its guises, both historical and practical • Written by some of the finest performers and scholars of the saxophone • Written for both the ardent saxophone player and the general reader alike


1. Invention and development Thomas Liley; 2. In the twentieth century Don Ashton; 3. Influential soloists Thomas Dryer-Beers; 4. The repertoire heritage Thomas Liley; 5. The saxophone quartet Richard Ingham; 6. The mechanics of playing the saxophone: i. Saxophone technique Kyle Horch; ii. Jazz and rock techniques David Roach; iii. The saxophone family: playing characteristics and doubling Nick Turner; 7. The professional player: i. In the orchestra Stephen Trier; ii. The undocumented Gordon Lewin; iii. The studio player Chris 'Snake' Davis; 8. Jazz and the saxophone Richard Ingham; 9. Rock and the saxophone Richard Ingham and John Helliwell; 10. The saxophone today: i. The contemporary saxophone Claude Delangle and Jean-Denis Michat; ii. Midi wind instruments Richard Ingham; 11. Teaching the saxophone Kyle Horch.


'Sax's principal legacy is well served in this Companion, whose authorship represents a glittering cross-section of the international saxophone community … For anyone with even a passing interest in its subject, the Companion positively demands investigation.' The Times Literary Supplement

' … an indispensable reference source for all those with an interest in the instrument.' BBC Music Magazine


Thomas Liley, Don Ashton, Thomas Dryer-Beers, Richard Ingham, Kyle Horch, David Roach, Nick Turner, Stephen Trier, Gordon Lewin, Chris 'Snake' Davis, John Helliwell, Claude Delangle, Jean-Denis Michat

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