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  •  Leonard Bernstein performed (5+ / 0-)

    (as a short example) an early draft of Beethoven's 5th first movement that included piccolos in the opening da-da-da-DAH.  He used that as an example of a wise hard-fought decision to Beethoven's credit.  The piccolos in the intro detracted from the violent deadliness of it.

    •  I can't hear (1+ / 0-)
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      the opening of that symphony with piccolo in my mind.  And I play piccolo and love it, but it doesn't fit there.

      As we get to fuller orchestrations, Shostacovitch to me was the master of the different facets of the piccolo.  From sweet to piercing, penetrating to downright funny.

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      by barbwires on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 03:48:36 PM PDT

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      •  The beginning section of the choir part of (1+ / 0-)
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        Mahler's 2nd has an awesome piccolo part.  The offstage brass and percussion is going, and the piccolo just soars above it.

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        by zenbassoon on Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 06:09:37 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah.... it wasn't awful. It was just WRONG. (1+ / 0-)
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        I do like the way Beethoven used the piccolos in the Fifth final movement though.  He used it for shrill effect, like just before entering the development.

        Interesting.  I tried to find a recording of the finale where the piccolo stands out.  I can't hear it in the Karajan version.  

        Oh well.  I know it's there.  

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