Now an *oboist* has inhaled helium and played a virtuosic Mozart concerto

Mozart's masterpiece for double reed in Oboe Concerto in C K314, with an instrument full of helium, because of course.

mozart oboe concerto on helium

Yesterday clarinettist Emil Jonason indtroduced something that we now realise we all needed in our life, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto played with a lungful of helium. Here it is:

Helium is lighter than air, so the sound waves travel through it faster, with hilarious consequences when there's a voice box or instrument involved. 

Naturally, after some clarinet hillarity, we want more woodwind. Here to grant us our wish is balloon-loving oboist Johan Ferreira. Here's Mozart's Oboe Concerto, with the traditional (boring) non-helium technique, and then with helium.

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Mozart's Oboe Concerto - on helium

Only experienced musicians should try this...

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Thanks so much, Johan! He's actually playing the concerto next weekend with the Gauteng Philharmonic in Pretoria, South Africa. Good luck for the gig - just lay off the balloons beforehand.

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