So, I think “Gabriel’s Oboe” should be played on oboe (call me silly), but this video of a flutist playing the solo, just hurts. It’s not because of the flutist (I didn’t get very far into the work). Just listen to the fourth quarter note of the second bar. OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH.

Need I say more?

Oh maybe.



  1. Wasn’t that amazing?! I can’t believe that got put up on YouTube! How can someone play THAT note wrong? Yikes!

    And ouch again! 🙂

  2. I loved it! I couldn’t hear the wrong not, just a short blip in the feed. But, lovely as it is in original oboe setting, it does work well on flute. I remember just after hearing the film, I had to pick up my own flute and have a go at it. It’s very gratifying to play, even without the orchestra.

    And, doesn’t Morricone have range! I first knew of his name via the old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. Remember that old whistle theme in “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”?… Even though it has a totally different feel, it’s based on the same turning motif as this heavenly tune.

    And now, I gotta go to Blockbuster and hunt up The Mission again!