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Composers can make pretty god inventors, too. Take a look at our list of important inventions, discoveries and pioneering ideas from musicians, scientists, instrument makers and composers. Just steer clear of Elgar's garden shed…
Trust Richard Wagner and his mammoth orchestral forces to require a whole new instrument to be invented. The Wagner Tuba was invented after Wagner visited the workshop of Adolphe Sax (who invented the Saxophone, unsurprisingly), and was used for the composer's epic Ring Cycle. As you can see, it's somewhere between a normal tuba and a French horn.
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