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Woodwind instrument
Classification Single-reed
Hornbostel–Sachs classification422.212-71
(Single-reed aerophone with keys)
Inventor(s)François Louis
DevelopedFirst prototype in 1999
Playing range
Related instruments
Orchestral saxophones:
Specialty saxophones:

The aulochrome is a woodwind instrument invented by Belgian François Louis and first prototyped in 1999. It consists of two soprano saxophones that can be played either separately or together.[1] The name comes from Greek aulos (name of the most important ancient Greek musical instrument) and chrome (for chromatic and colored). The first user of this instrument was saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol, and Joe Lovano has recently recorded with it as well. Composer Philippe Boesmans wrote a work for aulochrome and orchestra, Fanfare III, which was premiered in 2002 by Cassol and conductor Sylvain Cambreling.[2]


  1. ^ Kush, Jason Matthew (2009). François Louis: The Invention of the Aulochrome and Contributions to the Development of the Saxophone (DMA dissertation). University of Miami. OCLC 668229629.
  2. ^ Segell, Michael (2005). The Devil's Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool (1st ed.). Picador. p. 181. ISBN 97-80-3124-2557-9. OCLC 57316834.