An *oboist* inhaled helium and played a virtuosic Mozart concerto

22 August 2017, 10:52

mozart oboe concerto on helium

Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C K314, performed on an instrument full of helium, because of course.

Yesterday clarinettist Emil Jonason introduced something very, er, interesting: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto played after the performer inhaled 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. 

We should point out that doctors do not recommend inhaling helium. In sufficient quantities it can have adverse affects on health and has on occasion caused deaths.   

However, other woodwind players have tried playing their own instruments after inhaling inhelium. Here is balloon-loving oboist Johan Ferreira playing Mozart's Oboe Concerto, with the traditional non-helium technique, and then with helium.

Mozart's Oboe Concerto - on helium

Only experienced musicians should try this...

01:14

Johan is 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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