The Flexible Alto Sax in Different Musical Genres

Error Saving Reaction

The Flexible Alto Sax in Different Musical Genres

The Alto Saxophone is a flexible woodwind instrument that can be used in different type of applications in the music world. It is smaller than that of the tenor sax but bigger than that of the soprano sax; the alto sax was originally used in many classical compositions. Classical saxophonist such as Marcel Mule, Eugene Rousseau, and Sigurd Raschèr used this instrument to give a hauntingly beautiful rendition of many classical compositions. These advanced players were masters of the alto sax altissimo which is difficult to manipulate. It was Richard Strauss who popularized the sax in his rendition of the Sinfonia Domestica.

Yet it was not classical music but it was jazz who popularize the use of the alto sax. The most astounding musicians of jazz such as Charlie Parker demonstrated the use of this instrument in the emerging world of jazz. Kenny Garett followed through with this instrument. Soon a host of jazz artists were using the alto sax. To name a few jazz artists who were fond of the alto saxophone were Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Art Pepper, Eric Dolphy, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, David Sanborn, Anthony Braxton, Paul Desmond, Greg Osby, Phil Woods, John Zorn, and Jackie McLean. It seems that jazz favoured this instrument for its musical expression with its ability to kick off casual memories in the minds of the hearers. There is a silent longing expressed in jazz and this silent longing is combined with the casualness of everyday life. This instrument is able to bring out the poignant is what is otherwise commonplace in people, events, and life circumstances.

The alto saxophone was only a secondary instrument in classical music as the piano and the violin are the favourite instruments of classical music. However, Jazz put the alto saxophone as the primary instrument that can express the deepest desires of the jazz genre. However it was the blues that gave alto saxophone the ability to connect with the audience even if was done solo. In jazz, the alto saxophone can be the principal instrument but only in accompaniment with other instruments. However the blues can be done by a single instrument of the alto sax alone.

Soon the alto sax was to be identified as a blues genre icon where one can elicit memories of listening to a solo sax player and crying one's heart out. The blues gave the alto sax the power to go it all alone while reaching out to the audience with its expressions of intolerable sadness. There are instances when it is better to sing the blues with a single sax alone than with any other instrument.

However the resilience of the alto saxophone does not end with the blues. Soon we can see rock stars doing the instrument. Funk brought in the kaleidoscopic character of the sax. Pop music never underestimated the power of the sax. Soon love songs were all accompanied by the sax. Of marching bands are incomplete without it.

The other types of saxophones are the tenor and the soprano.

 

Views: 181
0
0
0
Author: Regular Articles

Our alto saxophones are the perfect instrument for the student musician and a great addition to any level players arsenal. Check for more information on alto sax




Tell a friend
Average rating:
(0 votes)
Average rating from Reviews:
(0 votes)

Write a review

Reviews

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont Mining, Golden Star Resources, Randgold Resources and Kinross Gold

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont Mining, Golden Star Resources, Randgold Resources and Kinross Gold Read More

Gold Mining Stock Outlook - Sept. 2017

Gold Mining Stock Outlook - Sept. 2017 Read More

Why Freeport-McMoran (FCX) Stock Might be a Great Pick

Freeport-McMoran (FCX) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is a great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective. Read More

Friend of slain Georgia Tech student: 'If Scout was more gender-conforming, would it have been different?'

Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student, was shot by campus police on Saturday night, and a protest two days later led to arrests. In the aftermath of those events, Yahoo Lifestyle talked to a friend... Read More

How to Make Healthy Leftover Turkey Tacos

These tacos get a healthy makeover by using turkey as the main lean protein. It all comes together with some beans, avocado, and a little cheese. Watch the video to learn how to make this easy... Read More

Little People, Big World's Audrey Roloff Just Gave Birth to Her First Child

It's a girl! Read More

Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

“Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate. The... Read More

Box Office: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Unseats 'It' as 'Lego Ninjago' Disappoints

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the new ruler of the box office. The sequel from Fox is expected to earn $39 million this weekend from 4,003 locations. That’s slightly below where tracking had... Read More

Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga’s ‘Star Is Born’ Moves to May 2018

Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” remake starring Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) and Bradley Cooper, who is also directing, is moving up its release to May 18, 2018. The pic was originally set to open... Read More

White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time'

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended Trump’s call for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be suspended or fired. “It’s not about free speech,” Mnucin said Sunday. “They can do... Read More

In wake of U.N. speech, Kim calls Trump a ‘dotard.’ Trump fires back at ‘madman.’

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have unleashed personal attacks on one another after the U.S. commander in chief’s speech at the United Nations. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea,... Read More

As Russia probe turns to fake Facebook ads, Trump follows with a tweet

President Trump continued his efforts to belittle accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, turning to the latest set of charges, involving targeted political ads placed on... Read More

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

Weeks earlier, Nadia Murad had been ripped from her village by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters who murdered her family and took her captive. Along with other young Yazidi women, she was transported... Read More

Readers write: The work of downsizing, evidence of climate change, hopeful coverage on famine

Regarding the Aug. 21 Monitor Daily story “Home prices, and a thought shift, give ‘small living’ a boost”: Interesting concept. My friend has done it, downsizing and living in a tiny apartment.... Read More

Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The US should stop saber rattling, On the Nadal-Federer comeback

“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya...,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated... Read More