The 3m-tall subcontrabass saxophone’s lowest keep in mind is just about within the human range of hearing.

Enjoy this wonderful video clip of Italian jazz musician Attilio Berni, a graduate the the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, performing ‘Cute’ on the best playable saxophone in the world and also the smallest: the subcontrabass saxophone and the soprillo. The ensemble is the Moonlight huge Band.


What is a subcontrabass saxophone?

The subcontrabass saxophone to be conceived in 1846 by Adolphe Sax, who called it the ‘sax bourdon’ ~ the lowest avoid on an organ. However, it was not till the 2012 the a full-size subcontrabass sax was finally constructed by German manufacturer Eppelsheim.

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The one used by Attilio in the clip above was developed in 2013 through Brazilian J’Elle Stainer. In ~ 2.8m high, that is the largest saxophone that deserve to be play by one person.

The lowest keep in mind that this large instrument can play is 25.95 Hz, which is just within the range of human hearing (20Hz-20,000Hz).

Meet the soprillo saxophone

The soprillo, or sopranissimo, saxophone is additionally a rare instrument. In ~ 33cm long, its greatest note is one octave over a soprano saxophone and also the corresponding key is positioned in the mouthpiece. The is extremely an overwhelming to play and also awarning top top the website the the German manufacturer, Eppelsheim, reads: "Due to its extreme range and the required very firm embouchure only professional players deserve to play the soprillo. It might take number of months of practice to reach the greatest notes."

Watch a slightly much more compact variation of the subcontrabass and also soprillo in action once more in the video clip below, in i m sorry Attilio performs "Indiana" top top both tools at the Napoleonic Museum in Rome.

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Find out more about Attilio Berni and his an excellent selection the wind instruments on his on facebook pages:Attilio BerniandSaxophobia.


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