06. August 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Oboe, Quotes

It is an article of faith among musicians that all oboe players are mad. There is no single clear doctrine behind this belief. One theory is that the sounds made by the oboe are intrinsically maddening. Another is that blowing an oboe is such hard work that it disarranges the molecules of the brain. A third is that the oboist’s customary position in an orchestra, with the brasses blasting him from astern, the cellos vibrating him from in front, and the flutes squeaking on his starboard beam, is extraordinarily exasperating. By far the most common explanation, though, is that no one but a madman would take up an oboe in the first place.
-Robert Rice


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