Keith Bragg, Piccolo

Beethoven and the piccolo:
Dynamic range:
Effective writing for the piccolo:
Good piccolo writing:
High quiet notes:
Listenability and the piccolo:
Long high notes:
Score layout issues (flute 1 or picc on top?):

Kenneth Smith, Flutes

Articulations - too much detail:
Articulations - notation:
Balancing with other instruments:
Bass Flute - fast material:
Blending tone colours:
Changing foot joints:
Colour of the flute:
Composer's preferences:
Embouchure issues:
Extended techniques are not really 'extended'!:
Extended techniques in the repertoire:
Hitting the instrument with objects:
Playing in octaves:
Trills - low C-C#:

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