Piccolos

Historically, the piccolo was designed without any keys and was used with marching drums as an integral part of the Carnival of Basal in Switzerland. Though today piccolos can be found in a variety of materials,traditionally all piccolos were made of wood. The piccolo made its orchestral debut in the early 1700’s with some of the first pieces featuring the instrument being Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor and Bach’s Cantata 103. During the Romantic Period (roughly 1850-1900), composers began integrating the piccolo into orchestral pieces much more, particularly in military and marching pieces. the exact same size, so one size fits all.

 

FEATURED PICCOLOS