Friday, 17 September 2010

The Tenor Saxophones on stamp,

This is the first stamp of the musical interment series of Spain stamp, the Tenor Saxophone, and was issued on 24th of February 2010. The tenor saxophone depicted on the stamp is a XX century piece belonging to the Museo Interactivo de la Música (MIMMA) in Málaga.

The saxophone, belonging to the family of the woodwind instruments, was intended to form a tonal link between the strength of the brass instruments and the quality of the wooden ones. The saxophone, depending on the sound it produces can be: soprano, alto, baritone and tenor. The tenor saxophone, like all saxes, is in essence an approximately conical tube of thin metal, usually brass.

The saxophone is named after Antoine Joseph Sax, best known as Adolphe Sax, a Belgian-born instrument maker. He invented the saxophone in 1840 when attempting to improve the sound of the clarinet.

In refer to the sound produced, the saxophones was classified under the woodwind instruments rather than under the brass wind ones since its acoustic resonances are made by a vibrating reed and by the different sounds made by pressing a number of keys.

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