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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000369.txt from 1999/04

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bells up in Mahler
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:04:39 -0400

Dan Leeson: schrieb:

> I believe the matter of bells up to be ill thought out by the
> editors of the Mahler symphonies. At the very time that the
> soprano clarinets are directed to play bells up, the bass clarinet
> is invariably given the same direction. It is as if no thought at
> all were given to the impossibility of that act for bass. I suspect
> that the Mahler autograph is unclear in terms of his placement of
> "Bells up" and the editor, in order to play it safe, puts it everywhere,
> but the matter cannot apply to the b.c.
> =======================================
> Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
> =======================================

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performances of Mahler Symphonies. Recent research has shown that all the
clarinettists in the orchestra - including the bass clarinettist were, at
times, required to put their bells up in the air to play certain loud

David Glenn

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