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Mimic for Two Piccolos [Playing score(s)]

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  • Uses extended techniques
  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Twittering taken to a new level!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Nicole Chamberlain uses the antiphonal nature of birdsong to create this imaginative piece for two piccolos.  At first the instruments echo each other but as it develops the writing becomes more agitated with swirls of notes for both players. Order is restored in a calm ending. The contemporary techniques used are restricted to fluttering, pitch bending and pizzicato tonguing so the main challenge is managing the performance with one player offstage. It's well worth the effort though, and takes twittering to a whole new level!

From the Publisher

Mimic was written for the Wilderness Act Performance Series in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wilderness Act of 1964. During the residency, the composer spend days exploring the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance’s nature preserves which included Hampton-Beecher Nature Preserve, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, and Bush Mountain at the Outdoor Activity Center. There are abundance of birds living in the parks which became the inspiration for this piece for two piccolos.

As a flutist and piccoloist, the composer spends quite a bit of time practicing. On nice days she practices with the windows open. It feels as though sometimes the birds respond to the piccolo. The idea blossomed into composing a piece of two birds responding to each others calls. Mimic uses calls from the Eastern Towee, Tufted Titmouse, and the Brown Headed Nut-hatch to capture the spirit of the native Georgia birds responding to one another. One bird is seen, but the other bird is hidden and distant.

Our Description

Also available for four piccolos or flutes

Performance duration (approx): 3'00

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
  • Part 2: Piccolo
Category: Unaccompanied Piccolo Music
Publisher: Spotted Rocket Publishing
Our Stock Code: 1636420
Media Type: Paperback - Playing score(s) (5 pages [score])

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