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Poster presented at the 2023 SWOSU Research and Scholarly Activity fair.

Patented in 1846, the saxophone has been the subject of popularity and controversy. The saxophone has been cited both as sounding heavenly and as being a tool of Satan. However, as we move into the 20th and 21st centuries, the saxophone has become widely accepted in the musical world, from jazz to popular music to classical music. The flexibility the instrument displays allows it to blend into any ensemble. However, the tonal concept of the saxophone has undergone large changes over the years. This paper aims to identify three pioneers of classical saxophone and discuss how the tonal concept of classical saxophone has evolved since. These three pioneers, being Marcel Mule, Sigurd Rascher, and Larry Teal, all had widely different sounds. The regional diversity of these three players, one from France, one from Germany, and one from the United States, is evident in their playing. As we move further into the era of technology, sound concepts have begun to blur and mix, creating a universal sound concept that is highly sought after.


SWOSU Research, Research fair, Saxophone, Tonal Concept