Antoine-Joseph Sax was born in the street that has borne his name since 1896, in a modest house, which was destroyed in 1914, and which was built on the present site of an important commercial building.

In its façade, there is a stained-glass window and an inscription chiselled into the stonework: “Adolphe Sax, 1814-1894, was born here”.

Stained glass window of Adolphe Sax

Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax was born on 6 November 1814, in Dinant was a Belgian inventor and musician who played flute and clarinet Created the saxophone in the early 1840s, patenting it in 1846. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba.

Adolphe Sax’s House – Dinant, Belgium

While his given name was Antoine-Joseph, he was referred to as Adolphe from childhood. His father and mother were instrument designers themselves, who made several changes to the design of the French horn. Adolphe began to make his own instruments at an early age, entering two of his flutes and a clarinet into a competition at the age of 15. He subsequently studied performance on those two instruments as well as voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

In 1894 Sax died in complete poverty in Paris.


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