(Adolphe Sax, 1850)
I shall need four immense towers, higher than the Pantheon or Nôtre Dame and joined by bridges, making a gigantic platform. Once my towers are built, I shall construct an apparatus using all the principal methods of producing sounds known to date. Steam engines will put huge cylinders in motion, compressing air at five, ten, or even fifteen times its normal atmospheric pressure, in reservoirs or regulators, to distribute it to the high or low stops of the instrument….Add to this an enormous set of triangles, cymbals, big drums, kettledrums on which elephant hide has been used instead of sheepskin. Add to this metal ropes the size of cables which will hold the suspended bridges; stretch these ropes over an opening from which compressed air will make them resound at will and with unequalled power. Imagine a hundred other ways, which I shall spare you, of completing, perfecting, and developing the ensemble and the effects of my orchestra, and tell me if it will not surpass in power and variety of timbre our miniature orchestras.