Bolero piccolo...A or Bflat?

Discussion in 'Orchestra / Solo / Chamber Music' started by dburdett, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. dburdett

    dburdett New Friend

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    Is there a musical reason that the D trumpet part at the end of Ravel's Bolero should be played on A piccolo versus B flat? [If choosing to use the piccolo at all] In trying both combinations, the B flat side seems to be more comfortable.
     
  2. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Forte User

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    If you prefer it on the Bb side, play it on the Bb side.

    Some people prefer the A/D transposition, some will have a piccolo that responds differently in A or Bb, some prefer the key you end up in - the reasons can be varied - play it on what you prefer.
     
  3. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    I just can not think of it as a solo. Everyone in the orchestra is trying to make the loudest, most glorious sound they can wring from their instruments at the moment the D trumpet enters. The D trumpet is merely the icing on the cake. By the way, I like to play it on the D.
    Wilmer
     

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