Definition of Saxophone

1. Noun. A single-reed woodwind with a conical bore.

Exact synonyms: Sax
Generic synonyms: Single-reed Instrument, Single-reed Woodwind
Derivative terms: Saxophonist

Definition of Saxophone

1. n. A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet.

Definition of Saxophone

1. Noun. (musical instruments) A single-reed instrument musical instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and with a distinctive loop bringing the bell upwards ¹

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Definition of Saxophone

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Saxophone

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1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"saxophone. [An instrument invented by Adolphe Sax about 1840, introduced officially into the French army bands, July 31, 1845, and registered by Sax, ..."

2. The Technique of the Modern Orchestra: A Manual of Practical Instrumentation by Charles Marie Widor (1906)
"ALTO saxophone in Bk 4— Compass: JEEEE sounding; lt is the best of the family, ... They naturally become thinner and thinner. saxophone Et: sounding: ..."

3. The Wind-band and Its Instruments: Their History, Construction, Acoustics by Arthur A. Clappé (1911)
"As the harmonics of the saxophone are identical with those of the oboe and flute, its fingering exhibits many points of similarity. ..."

4. Music and Musicians by Albert Lavignac (1903)
"The one which, up to the present time, has been most frequently employed in the orchestra, is the contralto saxophone in Eb; the following is its written ..."

5. Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available Scores by Helen Walker-Hill (1995)
"Robinson, Gertrude Rivers Moods I and II (flute or soprano saxophone). ... Recorded by Paul Stewart, saxophone, Deon Price, piano, Romantic Sax (Cambria ..."

6. A Treatise on Modern Instrumentation and Orchestration: To which is Appended by Hector Berlioz (1882)
"The quality of tone of the high saxophone is much more penetrating than that of clarinets in B\) and in C, without having the piercing and often shrill ..."

7. In Music Land: A Handbook for Young People by George Putnam Upton (1913)
"THE TROMBONE THE saxophone The two Bassoons are sometimes called the clowns of the family. The single reed instruments are the Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. ..."

8. The Principles of Wind-band Transcription by Arthur A. Clappé (1921)
"For instance, as between the trumpet and soprano saxophone, or alto and alto saxophone, from the note once lined c' to its octave though the first few ..."

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