36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 214: A good, no, “excellent” day


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 214 — A good, no, “excellent” day
03-March-1972 (Freitag–Fri.)


Had a good lecture in electronic music today. With musical examples. Interesting.

Had a rehearsal of Bruckner—woodshedding rehearsal.

Had an excellent “übungen” about microphone recording. Excellent knowledge for anyone to have. However, for me, at this point a little too confusing.

Heard an excellent concert by DFR [?] –
The Rite of Spring and a new piece by Berio. The Berio piece fascinated me—using voices and talking. It was actually a comprehensible piece of good, contemporary music. It sort of had “good vibrations” with me, and very few pieces do that.

Have also finished one page of my score.

In other words, had a good day.


An excellent day. Electronic music in class. Also a lecture on microphones in electronic music class, though I missed a lot of detail due to my German. Rehearsing Bruckner. An appreciative concert at night. Stravinsky and Berio.

Praise. Just yesterday, I’m critical of contemporary music and today I’m praising contemporary at a live concert. Just another example of the Ying and Yang of life. See Day 057. Luciano Berio’s music has always had some emotion to it. I don’t remember this particular piece, however, one of his famous vocal pieces—Visage—had the same impact on me. Some emotion to the music.

Imagine the “emotional” impact of Stravinsky’s
Rite of Spring at it’s premiere performance. Today, the music is considered traditional but there is “feeling” behind this music. Maybe that’s what I like—feeling.


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