Socio-Political and Economic Environment

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Unit 5 – Socio-Political and Economic Environment
March 11, 2012

Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to identify a cultural artifact that best represents the society in which we live today. This paper will analyze in detail the jazz saxophone. This paper will examine its origin, it development, and its roots in American jazz. This paper will also explore the changes this artifact will have on future generations.

Socio-Political Economic Environment
If there were a single cultural artifact that this represents the culture in which we live, today that artifact would be the saxophone or as it is known to most musicians as the jazz sax. The saxophone and jazz are synonymous with a culture that was developed in the United States in the early 20th century. Although this instrument is enjoyed by people all over the world and is used in all forms of music today, it is best known as an integral part of jazz music (The-Saxophone, 2012).
Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1838 in Belgium. Sax was the son of an instrument maker and by the age of six, was an expert musical instrument maker (The-Saxophone, 2012). He produced such instruments as the flute and clarinet and learns to play them by testing the ones he made. Sax studied both instruments at the Brussels Conservatory.
As a skilled musician, Sax was aware of a tonal disparity between certain instruments. He noticed that there was a disparity between the strings and wind instruments and the brasses and woodwind instruments (The-Saxophone, 2012). To him, it appeared that the brasses overpower the woodwind and the winds were overpowering the string instruments. He saw a need for an instrument that would create a balance between the brass, woodwind, and the strings. Sax was looking for a sound that was somewhere between the clarinet in the trumpet. He experimented by combining…...

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