Klarinet Archive - Posting 000218.txt from 1995/01
From: Jonathan Cohler <cohler@-----.NET>
Subj: Re: Mahler and the clarinet
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 23:45:10 -0500
Josh Rubin asked about bells-up playing in Mahler
>For those who are experienced Mahler musicians, how high do
>you recommend that the bells go up? What is the intended effect of
>the raised bells in the fifth symphony?
You should lift the bell up over the stand so that it is pointing straight
out to the audience.
The effect is to make the sound more piercing, bright and forceful. It
tends to have somewhat of a nasty sound too. Have fun!