Crossword clues for saxophone
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Saxophone \Sax"o*phone\, n. [A.A.J. Sax, the inventor (see Saxhorn) + Gr. ? tone.] (Mus.) A wind instrument of brass, containing a reed, and partaking of the qualities both of a brass instrument and of a clarinet.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1851, from French saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840, + Greek -phonos "voiced, sounding." His father, Charles Joseph (1791-1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845). The surname is a spelling variant of Sachs, Sacks, literally "Saxon." Related: Saxophonist.
n. (context musical instruments English) A single-reed instrument musical instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and with a distinctive loop bringing the bell upwards.
n. a single-reed woodwind with a conical bore [syn: sax]
The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Adolphe Sax wanted to create a group or series of instruments that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass instruments, that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. He patented the saxophone on June 28, 1846, in two groups of seven instruments each. Each series consisted of instruments of various sizes in alternating transposition. The series pitched in B and E, designed for military bands, have proved extremely popular and most saxophones encountered today are from this series. Instruments from the so-called " orchestral" series, pitched in C and F, never gained a foothold, and the B and E instruments have now replaced the C and F instruments when the saxophone is used in an orchestra.
The saxophone is used in classical music (such as concert bands, chamber music, and solo repertoires), military bands, marching bands, and jazz (such as big bands and jazz combos). Saxophone players are called saxophonists.
Usage examples of "saxophone".
I play the saxophone at the Bonhomie Club on Friday and Saturday nights.
The half-light and smoochy saxophone made him want to push his shoes off, maybe wiggle his toes a little.
The gold saxophone receiver feels heavy and stagy, a prop, as if this call needs any more drama.
Saxophone music from the Moonwalk and jazz from Jackson Square beyond filtered through the sultry, humid August night.
Rock, jazz, and Zydeco vied for sound supremacy, along with the notes of a lone saxophone being played somewhere in the distance.
Rogers was quiet, inhabited only by a couple of hookers, a man playing John Coltrane on the saxophone, two Russian drunks, and a figure in black rubber who defied description.
Playroom--an obvious converted warehouse with plaster saxophones, trumpets and music clefs alternating across the edge of the roof.
The perky wail of a saxophone echoed along the tunnel: Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," being played more or less competently.
Don Tico beat his pitch pipe in the air, the clarinets whined with exhaustion, the saxophones gave strangled bleats, the bombardons and the trumpets let out squeals of agony, but they made it, all the way to the village, to the foot of the steep path that led to the cemetery.
But this time it is a nuptial darkness whose solemnity is marred by no caterwaulings, no Liebestods, no saxophones pleading for detumescence.
Zebra stripes comprised the paint job on Tommy Tucker's Playroom--an obvious converted warehouse with plaster saxophones, trumpets and music clefs alternating across the edge of the roof.
Zebra stripes comprised the paint job on Tommy Tucker’s Playroom--an obvious converted warehouse with plaster saxophones, trumpets and music clefs alternating across the edge of the roof.
He put CDs by Sonny Rollins, Frank Morgan, and Branford Marsalis into the stereo and listened to the saxophone instead.
Besides, she loved an alto sax, a certain Papi, a mangy horror, he seemed to me, but she only had eyes for him, as he bleated lasciviously, because the saxophone, when it isn’.
Besides, she loved an alto sax, a certain Papi, a mangy horror, he seemed to me, but she only had eyes for him, as he bleated lasciviously, because the saxophone, when it isn't Ornette Coleman's and it's part of a band-and played by the horrendous Papi-is a goatish, guttural instrument, with the voice of, say, a fashion model who's taken to drink and turning tricks.