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  • Philip Bate,
  • Trevor Herbert
  •  and Arnold Myers


A family of valved brass instruments developed by Adolphe Sax at his workshops in Paris in the 1840s and 50s. The name ‘saxhorn’ became a generic description for the instruments of this family. Sax adopted this term, but there is evidence that he was not the first to use the word as a broad descriptor. Patents for valve brass instruments having names with the ‘sax’ prefix were registered by him in Paris in ...

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A. Lavignac and L. de La Laurencie, eds.: Encyclopédie de la musique et dictionnaire du Conservatoire
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