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Death Whistle for Solo Piccolo

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“Not for the faint-hearted!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Death Whistle won an Honourable Mention in the Newly Published Music competition at the 2019 NFA and it's easy to see why - the title and cover of this work for solo piccolo are graphic enough to make you play it in exactly the right frame of mind!  Written using a full range of contemporary techniques, it will really challenge both skill and musical imagination.  Ear Knife needs a strong rhythmic impetus at a fast tempo to bring the title to life, and the low register effects incisive colour to add drama. Ballistiphobia is eerie, using timbral sounds and lip glissandi to weave its magic. #PiccoloOhMyGod is fast and furious. This is not for the faint-hearted but your audience will be talking about it for ages!

From the Publisher

Death Whistle was commissioned by Dr. Elizabeth Robinson. The piccolo is notorious in the orchestra for its incredibly high pitches, and gets a bad rap for intonation issues. It takes a brave soul to consider playing the piccolo and a person of questionable character to love it. The first movement, Ear Knife, spotlights the piccolo's ability to cut through with its razor sharp high notes. The second movement, Ballistophobia, is the fear of being shot. Every piccoloist knows the joke "How do you tune two piccolos? You shoot one". The final movement, #PiccolOhMyGod, which is the hastag used on Twitter by the composer and commissioner when discussing the woes of piccolo playing and composing. Let's hope everyone makes it out alive after this performance.

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Ear Knife
  2. Ballistiphobia
  3. #PiccoloOhMyGod

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
Category: Unaccompanied Piccolo Music
Publisher: Spotted Rocket Publishing
Our Stock Code: 1455410
Media Type: Paperback (9 pages [score])