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The piccolo : a study of Australian repertoire and performance practice


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McNicol, Melinda Jane 2009 , 'The piccolo : a study of Australian repertoire and performance practice', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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As a solo instrument the piccolo has a limited amount of original repertoire compared
to other wind instruments. Its rise within solo and chamber repertoire is growing and
players are now required to be equally proficient on piccolo as the flute.
This study covers aspects of playing the piccolo in relation to pre-existing flute
technique, in an effort to demystify some common problems when playing the piccolo.
Five key Australian works for piccolo, including Piccolo Concerto by Barry McKimm
and Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra by Michael Easton will be discussed. This
paper also provides a list of Australian solo and small ensemble piccolo repertoire.
This study begins with a brief history of the piccolo and its construction in relation to
changes made to the flute and the similarities and differences to be noted when
playing the piccolo. It will then go on to cover piccolo practise techniques and
concludes with a rehearsal guide for the selected works.
The author also conducted an interview with Mr Frederick Shade, former principal
piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the commissioner of both the
McKimm and Easton piccolo concertos. This interview covered a range of topics
including piccolo specific techniques, issues relating directly to the Easton and
McKimm concertos and Shade's experience as a piccolo player in both Orchestral and
solo fields. The findings of which, are published in this document. Two audio CD's accompany this paper: a recital of the selected works performed by
the authorl, and an unedited recording project, recorded prior to the recital.
This recording project was intended to assist with various aspects of recital
preparation including stamina and ensemble. This recording project gave the
performer the opportunity to hear the repertoire from a different perspective, allowing
the identification of problems within the playing, prior to the examination recital.
The paper will close with a summary of the areas covered.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:McNicol, Melinda Jane
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. CDs contain musical recordings. Thesis (MMus)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references

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