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The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone



A companion to the saxophone, containing essays by the finest performers and experts on the instrument.

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Edited by Richard Ingham

The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone 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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54 b/w illus. 8 music examples


  • 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.

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