28. June 2010 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

Debating whether oboe playing causes brain aneurisms


  1. Patrick A. Gainer

    As a male oboist, I have found that the pressure of oboe playing can be redirected into that required for making babies, thus delaying onset of aneurysms until the babies reacg teen age.

  2. Um. Okay, then ….

  3. Patrick A. Gainer

    My future wife and I met at a rehearsal of the
    West Virginia University-Community Orchestra. She played 4th chair clarinet and I was first chair oboe. The seating arrangement in that orchestra put us next to one another. We were rehearsing the Bizet symphony, whose second movement is like an oboe concerto as you well know. The second oboist was unable to play his part, so I had to do the whole thing.
    She told me later that all through high school, she had never heard what the oboe should sound like. I had never sat next to one who could have been a stand in for the young Elizabeth Taylor. When she turned 21 (the age of consent then) she accepted my Catholic faith, we married and began making babies. We made 6 in the next 8 years. I lost her to ovarian cancer in 1999.
    Maybe that’s why I think of love when I think of the oboe.

  4. What a wonderful story, Patrick. Thanks for filling me in on this. You certainly did well in the baby making department! (We “only” have three.)

    Ah the horror of cancer. I’m very sorry to hear about your wife. Ovarian cancer is one of the worst, too.

    I’ve never played principal on the Bizet, but I’ve played second. I know some conductors actually request that the first play the entire thing. I’m glad ours didn’t, because it was fun to play! I have played The Pearl Fishers principal oboe part … and Bizet stole that solo for that as well! (Or maybe it was the other way around. Dunno.)