C soprano saxophone
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B♭ soprano saxophone (left), silver-plated C soprano saxophone (center), E♭ sopranino saxophone (right).
(Single-reeded aerophone with keys)
|Developed||28 June 1846|
In C: sounds as written.
Military band family:
The C soprano saxophone is a member of the saxophone family. It closely resembles the more common B♭ soprano saxophone but is pitched a tone higher. Unlike other saxophones (exception: the C melody saxophone), it is not a transposing instrument. The C soprano has a very similar range to the oboe.
In the early 20th century, the C soprano was marketed to those who wished to perform oboe parts in military band, vaudeville arrangements, or church hymnals. C sopranos are the same shape as B♭ sopranos and differ in length by only around 3 centimeters. C soprano saxophones usually have a "C" stamped on them, close to the serial number. The same companies that made C melody instruments manufactured C soprano saxophones (e.g. Conn). As with C melody instruments, production of C sopranos commenced circa 1919 and ended around 1929. Recently, a New Zealand company, AquilaSax made C soprano saxophones, but production stopped in the mid-2010s.
In classical music
- "June 28, 1846: Parisian Inventor Patents Saxophone". Wired.com. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "C Soprano Saxophone Information". Cmelodysax.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
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