Charles-Joseph Sax

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Charles-Joseph Sax
Born(1790-02-01)1 February 1790
Died26 April 1865(1865-04-26) (aged 75)
Occupation(s)Inventor, musical instrument designer
Known forFather of Adolphe Sax

Charles-Joseph Sax (1 February 1790 – 26 April 1865) was a Belgian musical instrument maker. His son was Adolphe Sax, who invented the saxophone, the saxhorn and the saxotromba.[1]

Sax was the son of Francoise Elisabeth (Maréchal) and Antoine Joseph Sax.[2] He was a maker of wind and brass instruments, as well as of pianos, harps, and guitars. Sax was a great instrument maker, and made sure his son had a good education and a leg to stand on for his future. He was a careful, strict, and kind father to his son, Adolphe Sax, and played a big part in his son's successful career.

Instruments built by Charles-Joseph are held in some museum collections.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Adolphe Sax | Belgian inventor |". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  2. ^ "Belgian Laces". 1993.
  3. ^ "Clarinet in B-flat | 53.223 | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  4. ^ "Home | National Music Museum". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  5. ^ "Search | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Retrieved 2016-05-15.[permanent dead link]