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Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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[Moscow on the Hudson]
YANAGISAWA ALTO SAXOPHONE, CIRCA 1982-1983
800 Series (serial number 00112758), gold lacquer finish, with reeds, in original case.
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Literature

Dave Itzkoff, Robin, New York 2018, pp. 181-182

Catalogue Note

This alto saxophone appears to have been used by Robin Williams in Moscow On The Hudson (Columbia Pictures, 1984), or used in training for the part. 

"The film's protagonist ... was originally supposed to be a ballet dancer, and [Paul] Mazursky had hoped to cast Mikhail Baryshnikov in the role. But when Baryshnikov passed, Mazyrsky rewrote the lead as a saxophonist in a Moscow circus making it a better fit for Robin... Before he left California to start filming, Robin had Greg Phillips teach him to play the saxophone for scenes like the one where his character performs "Take the 'A' Train" for a stable of circus animals. For hours each day they would practice at the Napa ranch ... Phillips was astonished at how quickly Robin took to it." 

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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New York