Letters, Apr. 15, 1935

Oboe Notion Sirs:

No champion of ladies' bands am I, but unless the female method of tone production tillers radically from that of the male it seems almost libelous to attribute drooling to their horn players (TIME, March 25 ). Closer observation would show you that it is condensed moisture from the breath rather than saliva which accumulates within the tubing of brass instruments. As for ascribing the difficulty of French horn playing to the necessity of passing ' breath "evenly through some 16 feet of tubing, a matter of sustaining tone, a...

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