In third movement of Mahler's ninth
symphony there's yet another misprint in
many sets of parts.
So let's, let's go over that right away
cuz it's an important one.
Before rehearsal 42, four bars the second
note should be an E natural and
it should be an octave higher than it's
So from one bar before
and I prefer to play that as a,
as a harmonic actually with the third
But that's an E natural and up an octave
from how it's printed.
Now the main purpose of this excerpt is to
test exact rhythm especially
There are lots of starting and stopping in
So each start requires a clean sound,
that means from the string and it requires
So the eighth notes needn't be too fast,
they just need to fit in the rhythm even
though it's a quick tempo.
They, they, they just fall exactly as they
lie, make sure to count all the way
through those rests, requires a lot of
patience, this one.
If you'll look you'll see that there's one
set of eighth notes that has dots and
all the rest of them don't have dots.
In this instance, I do make the
because the set of eighth notes with dots
should have a lighter bouncer character.
As it gets,
as the sound gets stronger after that I
gradually get more on the string but
I think it's important to articulate those
with some lightness,
that's what we do in this section as well.
Let's go right back to where that misprint
I'll show you my fingering to get around
So starting a couple bars before, I'm
already in fourth position.
Now, that moves me up a position
as I say, I play that as a harmonic
but if you notice,
my first finger is still on that F sharp
and that allows me to not have to jump
back down blindly for the next notes.
So I shift down to a two on that E
natural and then I stay in position.
I leave my first finger on my D.
So I'm leaving fingers down whenever I can
for a consistent pitch.
So here's the whole passage
around the misprint a little slowly
and then finally back down to third
and with a fingering like that or
something similar where you can leave
not have to be shifting around,
especially at such a quick tempo,
you'll have more consistent pitch