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 Post subject: Piccolo & flute
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:47 am 
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When does a flute become a piccolo, & when does a piccolo become a flute?

I have a couple of high 'D', a high 'C', an 'A', & an 'F', (other than my low 'D' keyless flutes).

I tend to think of both the high 'D' & 'C' as piccolo, & the rest as flutes, but am I right in this assumption(?).

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 Post subject: Re: Piccolo & flute
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:32 am 
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At the same time that a pond becomes a lake.
Maybe the musical role has some bearing? Piccolos are often used for flourishes (runs, trills, arpeggios), whereas the flute is sometimes given a melodic passage in focus.
Sorry, otherwise I'm no help.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:13 am 
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Well in the modern orchestra, the piccolo is an octave higher than the standard Boehm C flute. That's how composers score for it. An alto flute is a fourth below. Bass flute is an octave below. There are also D flat piccolos.


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 Post subject: Re: Piccolo & flute
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:07 am 
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Fluters interested in band flutes would call High d through high f a piccolo
C , B and Bb would be treble , melody, or band flutes
F would be F flutes
But I wouldn’t trust them they call the low Bb and the Eb a bass flute.
Similarly Thomas Aebi calls his G flute (made to play with Basel d piccolos) a bass piccolo (not joking here he really does).

An even older nomenclature was naming flutes for their distance from D
So an F flute is a third or tierce flute
G a 4th
High d and 8th or ottavino


It’s all so unclear and terminology changes over time.

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