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(also referred to informally as the
) is a conical-bore
. Saxophones are usually made of
and played with a
similar to that of the
. The saxophone was invented by the Belgian instrument maker
in 1846. He wanted to create an instrument that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass—that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. He patented the saxophone on June 24, 1846 in two groups of seven instruments each. Each series consisted of instruments of various sizes in alternating
. The series pitched in B and E, designed for
s, has proved extremely popular and most saxophones encountered today are from this series. Instruments from the so-called
series pitched in C and F never gained a foothold, and the B and E instruments have now replaced the C and F instruments in classical music.
While proving very popular in
music, the saxophone is most commonly associated with
music. There is substantial repertoire of concert music in the classical idiom for the members of the saxophone family. Saxophone players are called
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