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The stylistic diversity of the concert saxophone

The stylistic diversity of the concert saxophone

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Title: The stylistic diversity of the concert saxophone
Author: Rubinoff, Daniel I.
Abstract: This thesis examines the sonic parameters and musical versatility of the concert
saxophone. Invented in 1840, the instrument failed to become a regular member of the
symphony orchestra, and is thus underrepresented in classical music. This researcher
argues that the saxophone's unique sonic design makes it an effective contemporary
instrument in a wide variety of genres. Specifically, the techniques of subtone, harmonics,
and false fingerings are examined from both a performance and compositional perspective.
Additionally, the instrument's resemblance to the human voice is documented.
An examination of five original saxophone compositions highlights the instrument's
flexibility as a solo instrument or as a member of an ensemble. This work adds to the
number of original compositions for the saxophone and explores the reasons behind the
instrument's success in contemporary music.
Subject: Saxophone
Music composition
Type: Thesis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/4516
Published: York University
ISBN: 978-0-494-32037-2
Date: 2007-07

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