Google Doodle Celebrates Adolphe Sax, the Saxophone Inventor

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If you use Google, like most people (I would assume), I'm sure you probably saw the new Google Doodle.

Today, Google is celebrating Adolphe Sax. Don't know who he is? Well, Sax was a Belgian musician who created the saxophone and several other instruments.

"He started tinkering with instruments of his own, and upon bringing together the body of a brass and the mechanics of a woodwind, created a hybrid that would revolutionise music," Google wrote on its Doodle blog. His eponymous saxophone had a sound all its own, a wonderfully smoky middle ground between the two." - Telegraph

Thanks to those over at the Independent, here are five interesting facts about Sax.

1. He invented the saxophone aged just 32, filing a patent in 1846

2. He also invented the whole sax musical family — a bunch of brass instruments including the saxhorn, saxotromba and saxtuba. The saxhorn has endured, but the rest didn’t take quite so well.

3. He was expert at the flute and clarinet, having studied the instruments at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in his native Belgium.

4. After his death in 1894, at 79 years old, he was buried at the world-famous Montmartre cemetery in Paris.

5. Such is Google’s esteem for Sax’s inventiveness, they have coined the Googlehorn in his honour: an attempt by Doodle designer Lydia Nichols to make an instrument as interesting as his were.