In Wind Ensemble the other day we were playing Lincolnshire Posy. I am on piccolo and sit with my friend, the first oboist, on my right. As we finished the sixth movement, he turned to me and complained that I was playing too loudly (fastest way known to man to anger the piccolo player).
I kindly showed him my music and then screamed, “THEN WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CRESCENDO TO FORTISSISSISSIMO SHOULD SOUND LIKE?”
Excuse me while I actually quote this in wind ensemble!
Well if you want to be technical…you’re supposed to be in side the sound of the band, not like raping the first 5 rows of the audience.
Yes. Thank you. Get over it. Stop using your instrument as an excuse.
…have you guys played a piccolo?
Being “inside the sound of the band” does not mean hiding though. Good piccolo is supposed to sound confident and full just over the top of everybody else, in my honest opinion. Weak piccolo is the fastest way to sound bad and I’d rather be a little too loud than bad.
I am not trying to use my instrument as “an excuse.” I have no intention of “raping” the audience.
Fortunately for me, the entire audience does not hear the ensemble the way I and the oboist do. The joke here that some people apparently missed is that the piccolo sounds loudest to its player and the person to the right of the player, in this instance, the oboist.
I checked the score, and this piece ends with every single instrument doing a crescendo to either fff or ffff.
Maybe you’ve only met weak piccolo players, but for me to blend with my ensemble? I need to project at that fermata if I want to be heard.
The piccolo has to play loud sometimes.
Get over it.
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