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Piccolo

In this film, Keith Bragg introduces his instrument – the piccolo.

Piccolo
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Instrument: Piccolo

In this film, Keith Bragg introduces his instrument - the piccolo.

The Philharmonia’s Principal Piccolo’s Chair is currently available for endowment.

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Introduction

The fingering is identical to that of the flute and flute players often alternate with piccolo. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the piccolo’s debut in a major work, where it adds a bright florescence to the Finale. Beethoven’s delighted rushes and trills also caught on, and the piccolo quickly became the go-to instrument for jubilation, a faculty it has never lost.

Frequency Range

587 Hz – 4.2 kHz

Tube Length

33 cm

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Did you know?

The piccolo is particularly popular in military music. One of its greatest moments is its famous solo in The Stars and Stripes Forever!