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    I was recently in a trio involving mandolin, guitar, and carillon. I wonder whether this is a first. I know that guitar and carillon have performed together before, but not aware of mandolin and carillon together. If you know of others who have been involved in any mandolin and carillon collaborations, please let me know.

    Below are three pieces that we performed together. The challenge was balance, as we performed in a bell tower and the instruments were miced and the mix was fed into a church sanctuary 4 stories below. There are spots where the mando is too loud.

    We will be performing a full concert with this trio at Longwood Gardens (outside of Philly) this fall.

    Any recommendations for repertoire that you have would be appreciated. As you can tell by the repertoire below, we are open to doing an eclectic mix.


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    I would imagine that it would be very difficult to do a tour with that trio.

    How do you ever tune to those bells? It seems like there are multiple overtones.
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    When the Sting movie came out and the song had gotten totally inescapable on radio and everywhere I remember the carrillon player at the university I was attending playing Scott Joplin's the Entertainer one day at noon.

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    Yes the overtones are an really pronounced. Fortunately for tuning, the fundamental tones (at least on this carillon) are perfectly tuned to A440, so using a tuner for mando and guitar was the easy solution.

    Given the overtones, however, playing ragtime or any other music with a lot of chromaticism results in some pretty intense dissonance (at least up close to the bells). The further away you go from the bells you go, the less that's an issue.

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    You may find some wire harp repertoire inspiring. Some, like "Bells of Cork/Dusty Miller" i play on hammered dulcimer to provide even more overtones..

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    Very nice! This could be a possibility...Thanks.

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    Nice job, Mark. Sounds really different and pleasing. I'll keep an eye out for your Longwood concert and if we can make it, we'll be there.

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    Cool, yeah, don't know how varied you go but I love Airs on Fingal, Ms Heymann's compositions Balitorum and the others. You can get medieval with your bells, two stringed instruments handling the contrapuntalisms etc., would be cool
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    Good to hear from you, Bob! Our concert at Longwood Gardens is Sept. 24 (Sunday) at 12:00 noon.

    Joe mentioned he spoke with you re: pocket mandolins. Very interesting!

    Very best,

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