Nancy Nourse on the Debut of the Piccolo
June 15, 2022 (No Comments) by Ganved14

Nancy Nourse

“Sharing debutante status with the trombones and contrabassoon in the triumphal final movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” writes Nancy Nourse,the piccolo’s arrival at the doorstep of music’s Great Western Canon in such an iconic masterpiece is celebrated in an almost cult-like manner.”   It turns out, however, that the piccolo and its equivalents had appeared quite a few times before Beethoven!

This revelation is explored in the first in a series of articles by Nancy about the piccolo and its history. It is entitled:

The Symphonic Debutante Piccolo: Was it Really Beethoven’s Fifth?

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