When playing Mahler's Symphony No. 2?

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Ludain
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When playing Mahler's Symphony No. 2?

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It's a slightly stupid question. When playing Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Does Bass Trombone also need a mute? There's no sign that it's necessary in the score.
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There are two bass trombones in Mahler 2: Trombone 3 and Trombone 4. Trombone 3 requires a mute, but Trombone 4 does not.
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EdwardSolomon wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:04 am There are two bass trombones in Mahler 2: Trombone 3 and Trombone 4. Trombone 3 requires a mute, but Trombone 4 does not.
Thank you. The mute broke, so I was wondering if I should buy it thanks to the performance.
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Depending on how the mute broke, you may be able to fix it. New corks can be made and glued into place. I've pushed out dents in aluminum mutes with a wooden rod. I've even glued back a wooden bottom from a Tone Color. If your mute is a cup, it's the wrong kind for playing in Symphony, where we use the pear shaped mute.
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