The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, November 28, 2014


Adolphe Sax, saxophone inventor, finally gets his due in Belgium
A file photo taken on November 15, 2012 shows a Charlie Parker Buescher Aristocrat E-flat alto saxophone being dusted before being placed on display during a press preview at auction house Bonham's in Hollywood, California. Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone who revolutionised music, especially the blues and jazz, is finally getting due recognition in his home country Belgium. An exhibition on Sax will open on February 8, 2014 in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, a stunning art deco building just across the road from the permanent display of works by Magritte, another famous Belgian son. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN.

By: Philippe Siuberski

BRUSSELS (AFP).- Adolphe Sax, who revolutionised jazz and blues with his invention of the saxophone, is finally getting the recognition he is due in his native Belgium, 200 years after his birth.

A bicentenary exhibition has just opened in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, a stunning art deco building just across the road from the permanent display of works by Magritte, another famous Belgian son.

Born in the picturesque town of Dinant on the banks of the Meuse south of Brussels, the young Adolphe was accident prone, nearly drowning and also surviving a tumble down some stairs, as well as drinking varnish used by his father, a well-known maker of musical instruments.

The music world was lucky too -- without the saxophone, would there have been a John Coltrane, Sidney Bechet, Charlie "Bird" Parker or a Stan Getz to work their magic?

Bill Clinton also might have had to find another instrument and modern music would surely not have been the same.

"Adolphe Sax would certainly never have imagined in his wildest dreams the place his highly original instrument would come to enjoy," said Gery Dumoulin, who curated the exhibition.

After moving to Brussels, Sax followed in his father's footsteps, building up a reputation for quality and taking a particular interest in the clarinet for which he patented several improvements.

In 1842, he moved to Paris to set up a workshop and in 1845 entered a competition for modern instruments run by the army on the Champs de Mars, now overlooked by the Eiffel Tower.

In front of a crowd put at 20,000, his instruments easily outplayed those of his main rival Michele Carafa.

Winning the "Battle of the Saxons and the Carrafons" sealed Sax's reputation and he came to dominate the market for the new brass wind instruments favoured by military bands for marches and fanfares.

Clinton's gift sax on display
Admired by Berlioz, Sax registered a patent in 1846 for what was described as "a system of wind instruments, the saxophone".

Slowly, the new instruments made their way into music making, finding a place in opera orchestras by the 1880s.

However, the saxophone was hampered by its association with popular, as opposed to serious music, and musicians were reluctant to learn the new instrument.

At the same time, black American jazz players were beginning to show what it could do, heralding the roaring 1920s.

The "Sax200" exhibition traces Sax's long life -- he died in 1894 aged 79 -- and the evolution of the elongated, S-shaped instrument so well known today in its many forms.

In all, there are some 200 on display, including the oldest known model, a bass saxophone from 1846, and a tenor sax in the colours of the American flag given to then President Clinton when he visited Brussels in 1994.

The exhibition runs to January 2015.

In Sax's home town Dinant, about an hour's drive from Brussels, there are also exhibitions and events to mark the bicentennial, with the main bridge across the Meuse decked out with giant-size saxophones in vibrant colours (http://sax.dinant.be).



© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

February 10, 2014

The largest exhibition of David Bailey's portraits opens at the National Portrait Gallery

Christie's announces its return to Dubai with Spring Auctions to be held on March 19 & 20

American portraitist Thomas Sully featured in special exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art

"Léger: A vision of the contemporary city 1910 - 1930" opens at Museo Correr, Venice

The story of the theft of Dalí's corpse is the storyline of a novel marking the 25th anniversary of the artist's death

"Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life" opens at Joslyn Art Museum

Don Presley Auctions to relaunch at new Southern California venue, March 2

1955 Jaguar D-Type is top lot at RM's inaugural Paris auction generating € 17.7 million in sales

Exhibition exploring Isamu Noguchi's quest to form a unique artistic identity opens at The Noguchi Museum

The Living selected as winner of the 2014 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in New York

"The image of the European city: From Renaissance to Enlightenment" opens at Museo Correr, Venice

Exhibition of new still life photographs by Karen Kilimnik opens at Spruth Magers Berlin

Exhibition of paintings by American realist painter Gregory Gillespie opens at Forum Gallery

Seeking Engagement NSA: Lyons Wier Gallery opens group exhibition

The El Paso Museum of Art announces "Gaspar Enríquez: Metaphors of El Barrio"

The Center for Photography at Woodstock presents "Sara Macel: May the Road Rise to Meet You"

"Hourly Directional: Helen Mirra and Ernst Karel" opens at MIT List Visual Arts Center

René Treviño and Lisa Stefanelli open solo exhibitions at Pentimenti Gallery

Disorderly Conduct: Francois Ilnseher exhibits at Gallery Molly Krom

"And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay" at Clark House

Adolphe Sax, saxophone inventor, finally gets his due in Belgium

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site