piccolo
(PEE-koe-loe)


[It., small]


  1. A small flute that sounds an octave above the regular flute and an octave above its written music. The piccolo today is commonly pitched in "C" but the "D-flat" piccolo was common through the 1950's. The range of the "C" piccolo is d2 to c5.

    See also [Eng.] piccolo; [Fr.] petite flûte; [Fr.] flûte piccolo; [Ger.] kleine Flöte; [Ger.] Pikkoloflöte; [Ger.] Pickelflöte; [Ger.] Oktavflöte; [It.] Ottavino; [It.] flauto piccolo; [Sp.] flautín; [Sp.] Ottavino; pic.; picc..

  2. A name for an instrument of particularly high range, such as the piccolo trumpet.
  3. An Italian term for little.

    See also [Eng.] little; [Eng.] small; [Fr.] peu; [Fr.] petit; [Ger.] wenig; [Ger.] klein; [It.] poco; [It.] scarso; [It.] piccolo.


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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo in C major, I (piccolo entrance)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 3

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