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The Cambridge companion to the saxophone
Ingham, Richard, 1954-
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xvi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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ML975 .C36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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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Presenting information on a wide variety of topics important to the saxophone, the 13 contributors to this volume represent a broad spectrum of professional background, ranging from classical performers and college teachers to studio musicians. The collection includes articles on the invention and development of instruments in the saxophone family (with considerable information on Adolphe Sax), influential soloists, classical repertoire, mechanics of playing the instrument, the professional musician (classical to studio), the use of the saxophone in jazz and rock music, and teaching. Scholars will find the historical information on the instrument and the brief sketches of notable jazz and classical performers particularly helpful. For classical specialists, Ingham (Leeds College of Music, UK) offers considerable material on repertoire, from solo settings to music for larger ensembles, and a brief article on the saxophone quartet. Beginners and intermediate-level players will get significant benefits from the sections on technique and saxophone design, particularly those on reeds, mouthpieces, individual members of the family, and instrument doubling. Valuable to anyone interested in the instrument, this compilation constitutes an important source of information for all academic libraries supporting music curricula and should be in every saxophone teacher's library. D. Heuchemer; Kenyon College

Table of Contents

1 Invention and developmentThomas Liley
2 In the twentieth centuryDon Ashton
3 Influential soloistsThomas Dryer-Beers
4 The repertoire heritageThomas Liley
5 The saxophone quartetRichard Ingham
6 The mechanics of playing the saxophone
i Saxophone techniqueKyle Horch
ii Jazz and rock techniquesDavid Roach
iii The saxophone family: playing characteristics and doublingNick Turner
7 The professional player
i In the orchestraStephen Trier
ii The undocumentedGordon Lewin
iii The studio playerChris 'Snake' Davis
8 Jazz and the saxophone Richard Ingham
9 Rock and the saxophone Richard InghamJohn Helliwell
10 The saxophone today
i The contemporary saxophone Claude DelangleJean-Denis Michat
ii Midi wind instrumentsRichard Ingham
11 Teaching the saxophoneKyle Horch