Date: 2019-01-22 00:54
It is something I wish I had learned when I was young and mastered, but when I started playing, a few people could do it, but most oboists could not. In my humble opinion though, it is an easily abused technique that tends to make nonsense out of phrasing when applied indiscriminately. Many transcriptions of baroque music are a case in point. Impossible to play without double breathing, they are often reduced to long lines of notes. Bach never internded his partitas to be written for an oboe, so I am dubious about that idea. Of course, the technique was later applied by virtuoso oboe composers and there are some pieces of music where it is almost indispensible. Unfortunately, You-Tube is a double-edged sword, a great resource but one that can also aid the spread of less desirable attributes that are cropping up in modern oboe playing. Such mannerisms can be quite difficult to discourage in young impresasionable minds.