La Scena Musicale

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 6 (Sax, Sousa)

1814 - Adolphe Sax, Dinant, Belgium; musical-instrument designer (inventor of the saxophone)

Extensive biography
Pictures of Sax saxophones

The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet (Uden, Netherlands) plays Jean Baptiste Singelée's Premier Quatuor Op. 53 on original Adolphe Sax saxophones

1854 - John Philip Sousa, Washington, U.S.A.; composer and conductor

Library of Congress website

Tufts University's Saxophone Ensemble plays Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever

Theme song for the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show (aka Sousa's Liberty Bell March) (played by the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra)

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