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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.

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‘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.’

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

‘ … an indispensable reference source for all those with an interest in the instrument.’

Source: BBC Music Magazine

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