Properties and development of the classical saxophone tone within multiple traditions and in historical context

The initial phase of my research will deal with original instruments from Adolphe Sax’ workshop. I aim to determine the historically correct way of playing by studying sources written by Adolphe Sax’ contemporaries, the most prominent example probably being the “Méthode complète et raisonnée de saxophone” by Jean-Georges Kastner. I can then transfer this information to actually playing early Sax instruments from my collection.

Secondly, I wish to assess how the parabolic curve that Adolphe Sax found so important in all his inventions is found in his saxophones. Furthermore, comparison of very late instruments built by Adolphe Sax to his earlier saxophones, indicate that there has been a change in his way of thinking. To objectify these insights I will employ measuring techniques such as MRI.

Building on these insights, I will then research the various global saxophone traditions. Besides identifying these schools, and gaining knowledge on their developments, I would like to find out about connections between original Adolphe Sax instruments, and the saxophones used by the various traditions. Moreover, I will be looking for connections between them. Besides making this information available, my wish would be that this would start a dialogue between different worlds.

Finally, I aim to create a clear image of the Dutch saxophone school and its development, characterising it, and looking for connections with, for instance, the French tradition.

All this information will be presented in a book, accompanied by a CD with recently discovered recordings that form the basis of research on the several traditions. Also included will be recordings of relevant and typifying works on period instruments. In completeness, I hope to present the wide variety of colourful capabilities that Adolphe Sax has given us in his saxophone.