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Bass saxtuba in E-flat

Maker:
Adolphe (Antoine Joseph) Sax (Belgian, Dinant, Belgium 1814–1894 Paris)
Date:
1855
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
brass
Dimensions:
Height (Standing on bow to tip of bell): 48 13/16 in. (124 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1109
Not on view
Saxtubas were built as a family with instruments ranging from B flat sopranino to B flat contrabass. This bass in E flat was the second largest size. The striking appearance of the larger sax tubas was inspired by the Roman cornu as depicted on Trajan's Column. Saxtubas were first used 1852 in the premiere performance of Halevy's opera Le juif errant in the Paris Academie Nationale de Musique, where they featured in a 15-piece stage ensemble. They also appeared in a military and national ceremony in Paris on the Champ de Mars later in 1852. This instrument and a B flat tenor held in the Trompetenmuseum of Bad Saeckingen, Germany are the only saxtubas known to survive.
Marking: (engraved on bell, in script) Nº 13802/ Adolphe Sax Breveté a Paris/ Fteur de la Mson Milre de l'Empereur
(in pencil, a second marking is noted: Stamped "A I S" on bell)
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; [ Sypher ]
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 194.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 194.



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