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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000301.txt from 1999/04

From: "Benjamin A. Maas" <bmaas@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Mahler 5 "bells up?"
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 13:21:56 -0400

> Speaking of bells, (just can't seem to come
> up with a segue as good as Jack K.....)
> What did Mahler mean by the two different
> requests in the fifth symphony clar. parts?
> Schalltrichter auf! -and-
> Schalltrichter in die Hohe.
> I'm guessing: "bells up" and "bells in the air?"
> We played them the same last night, but I'm
> convinced there is supposed to be a difference....
> BTW any suggestions on how to do this without
> pain? My neck is killing me!
> Lori Lovato
> New Mexico Symphony
>
>

As far as I know they mean one and the same (or at least that's how I've
always interpreted them...) I've played a lot of Mahler and had to deal
with this several times. When I do this I raise the instrument to being
almost level, usually slightly off to the side of the stand (so my bell
isn't right in the stand). I do it by changing my embouchure slightly and
bending my head back slightly. I don't play with a neck strap so I don't
have any weight on my neck. Therefore, I've never had any pain.

--Ben

Benjamin Maas
Freelance Clarinetist and Recording Engineer
Los Angeles, CA
bmaas@-----.net
bmaas@-----.edu

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