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Master picoloist Nicola Mazzanti

  by Florence Nelson The piccolo used to be just a “little wooden flute” to most people. We heard it played in bands — especially in “The Stars and Stripes Forever” — and in an occasional Vivaldi concerto performance. That was about it. Composers used the piccolo to provide color in orchestral works — the way cooks spice up their sauces with garlic and pepper — but the instrument didn’t have much of a chance to shine on its own. Then along came Nicola Mazzanti (piccoloflute.it). A 1982 graduate of the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini in Florence, he studied …

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