Music: Serious Sax

When Belgian Instrument Maker Adolphe Sax stuck a reed into a conical brass tube and patented the hybrid in 1846, he contributed a new instrument to the military band. In time his saxophone traveled across the Atlantic, became a mainstay of jazz. But the saxophone has always had its strict classical disciples. Last week one of the best and most influential of them, France's Marcel Mule, made his U.S. debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and convincingly demonstrated just how good the serious alto sax can sound.

Saxophonist Mule chose for his debut program...

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