Andrès muffling notation

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #191549

    In Absidioles by Bernard Andrès, there is a muffling sign with two diamond shapes above and below it. I have looked up the very useful PDF of his notations, but it is not listed there. Could someone let me know what it means, and if there is another PDF of his muffling notations? Thanks in advance!

    carl-swanson on #191560

    Elizabeth- I just had a French couple staying with me the last 4 days, and the wife studied with Bernard Andres and knows him well. I just emailed your post to her. Hopefully she will know what it means. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.

    You didn’t say what the notes are above the muffling sign. But I’m wondering if he means for you to muffle specific notes, possibly while playing, rather than just a flat hand muffle.

    carl-swanson on #191568

    Elizabeth- Can you find someone playing it on youtube and see what they do in that spot?

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #191571

    Hello, Carl! I watched a couple of different videos, and they do different things with the mufflings. My guess is that it means to muffle the bass and the middle notes as well, before proceeding on to the quiet sections starting at bar 135 and 160.

    carl-swanson on #191616

    Elizabeth- I just heard back from my friend. Here’s what she sent me.

    Found it !
    it’s the 3rd bar, page 8
    Bernard wants the left hand to muffle the F octave before the pedal changes from natural to flat.

    I hope that makes sense and answers your question.

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #191617

    Thank you so much, Carl!

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