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 Mahler song Um Mitternacht - downward glissando
Author: JTJC 
Date:   2021-10-17 15:34

There are two points in this Mahler song where the clarinet is asked to glissando from F5 (top ledger line) down to C4 (middle C). The oboe d’amore has this at the same point as well. I see the clarinet glissando doesn’t appear in all the scores for this piece. However, it’s in my part and the conductor is expecting it. The conductor Norman Delmar comments that it clearly isn’t a chromatic scale that Mahler wants here. Does anyone have any ideas about how to achieve or fake this glissando?

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 Re: Mahler song Um Mitternacht - downward glissando
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-10-17 16:16

In the clarion it should be easy enough to "bend" a note down as much as a minor third (loosen embouchure, drop jaw, lower tongue). Think of it this way: Say, "EEEyaw," slowly; drawn out. Now think of the "EEE" as the note from which you drop down and the "yaw" as a lower pitch. I say that because the point is to start the pitch drop. You then kinda sorta put more fingers down and your "yaw" continues down. There is no direct correlation between note and fingers.......just let the fingers FOLLOW the pitch drop. You'll see what I mean once you start the portamento.

[sorry didn't address the decent all the way to middle C. So that last bit could be a more of a drop. Or you can "fake the funk" by just quickly fingering those last notes. That would be the reverse of what most do at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue.]

....................Paul Aviles

Post Edited (2021-10-17 21:58)

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 Re: Mahler song Um Mitternacht - downward glissando
Author: DAVE 
Date:   2021-10-18 00:18

I've played this one. It's definitely not a chromatic scale. Just bend it downwards as much as it will allow and move on. Don't make too much fuss over it. Listen to a few recordings and you'll see that it only lasts about half a second and is just a small effect.

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