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    the origin of the word"saxphone"

    Dear sir:
    I look up the wikipedia for the origin of "saxphone". It only showed it got the name of "sax" because of the designer's last name. I wondered where it got "phone" as part of its name.
    One of my student asked me this question when we talk about the name of the instruments. I hope I can get the answer from you soon. My -e-mail address is yushih62@yahoo.com.tw

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    Re: the origin of the word"saxphone"

    Online Etymology Dictionary

    1851, from Fr. saxophone, named for Antoine Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (1814-1894), Belgian instrument maker who devised it c.1840 + Gk. -phonos "voiced, sounding." Shortened form sax is from 1923. His father, Charles Joseph (1791-1865) invented the less popular saxhorn (1845).

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    Re: the origin of the word"saxphone"

    Quote Originally Posted by yushih View Post
    Dear sir:
    I look up the wikipedia for the origin of "saxphone". It only showed it got the name of "sax" because of the designer's last name. I wondered where it got "phone" as part of its name...

    Wikipedia didn't explain "-phone" because - for an English-speaker (and speakers of most European languages) - that part of the word doesn't need explaining; we have many analogous words - telephone, microphone, gramophone.... And in the world of music there are many words related to phonos: Sousaphone, euphonium, symphony...

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