Google is celebrating Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and instrument designer who invented the saxophone, on his 201st birthday with their trademark Doodle.
To pay tribute to his great musical talent, Google dedicated five variations of its doodle to him today. If you click on the homepage and you can see the image of Adolphe playing the saxophone.
Born in Belgium on 6th November 1814, Antoine-Joseph “Adolf” Sax, who began to make his own instruments at an early age, also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. His father and mother were instrument designers themselves, who made several changes to the design of the horn.
“The son of an instrument-maker, Sax was highly creative and had a deep understanding of brass and woodwinds. He started tinkering with instruments of his own, and upon bringing together the body of a brass and the mechanics of a woodwind created a hybrid that would revolutionize music. His eponymous saxophone had a sound all its own, a wonderfully smoky middle ground between the two,” Google says on its Doodle website.
He suffered from lip cancer between 1853 and 1858 but made a rare full recovery and lived till the age of 79. He died in 1894 in Paris.