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The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge Companions to Music) Paperback – February 13, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521596664 ISBN-10: 0521596661

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"Valuable to anyone interested in the instrument, this compilation constitutes an important source of information for all academic libraries supporting music curricula and should be in every saxophone teacher's library." Choice

Book Description

This is the first comprehensive guide to the saxophone, its history, technical development and repertoire. Extensively researched and including much new information, the volume is written by some of the finest performers and experts on the instrument. The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone incorporates detailed historical developments in the classical, jazz and rock fields, provides practical performance guides, and has a chapter on teaching the instrument.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521596661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521596664
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Crowell on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title of the book makes it sound like a general reference book on the saxophone. Instead, it's more like a collection of idiosyncratic essays with a distinctly nationalistic point of view. If it was going to be a useful reference work, one thing it would need is a good index, with entries broken down better. ("Reeds," for example., gives a list of 20 page numbers without subheadings.) Loads of space is given to obscure English saxophonists and composers. Many of the articles need fleshing out, e.g. the part about mouthpieces doesn't say anything about the numerical system used to describe them. It's also topheavy with advanced stuff,e.g. a chart of altissimo fingerings and discussions of microtones, but no ordinary fingering charts or trill fingerings. Classical players had better not depend on this book as an introduction to jazz, since it doesn't discuss any of the jazz issues about tonguing or triplet feel.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is truly good as a reference. It is written in a scholarly manner, and it is not oriented towards performance, but rather it covers issues such as the instrument's history, its evolution and the classical repertoire. It also has several very detailed chapters covering the relationship between the saxophone and jazz.
It has certainly made me more saxophone-literate, but it has yet to improve my playing!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent Frye on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book I thought it would be more of a general reference book. However, it is more essays on the history of the saxophone and the more technical aspects of playing. Recomended for teachers more than students.
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This book provides an overview to the history of the saxophone. It does not go into extreme detail but gives a brief description of many of the major figures in the history of the saxophone. The author also discusses the repertoire and the various uses of the saxophone including its use in the classical music genre and use in areas of vernacular music such as jazz and rock. It is very useful as a basic resource, however for focused or detailed information on a specific area of the saxophone this would be only a preliminary source. This book was written in the late 1990's and some things have changed since then. So it is not totally accurate. If you are useing this as a resource compare it with more current information. This however does not make the book any less useful
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By Rock Lee on September 19, 2009
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Very informative book containing information on the instrument's past. Composers, technique, and styles are reviewed in very organized chapters. The style of writing is also very easy to comprehend and helped me understand the instrument a little bit more as I listened to various recordings. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Saxophones or would like to write for this instrument. A lot of history is covered within this book.
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