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Lay for the Day
3rd February

1844, Paris: Hector Berlioz conducts an arrangement of his own choral work Chant Sacré which includes a saxophone, made and played by his friend, the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax. This is the first definite instance of a saxophone appearing on a concert stage.
From The Improvised Version, Vol. 2.


Extends itself / up
beat / down

beat buoyant on elastic pinions

the land can only just
make itself in time
to be flown over

A swift full hand
everything moving


John Gibbens

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