36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 211: Leap Year with Bruckner


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

Day 211 — Leap Year with Bruckner
29-February-1972 (Dienstag–Tue.)



Had first Bruckner rehearsal. It should go fairly well. It’s a wild
piece of music to play, especially for brass. Also, playing the bass tuba is a lot of fun. Only problem is that it takes up a lot of time. Thus, didn’t get much work done in El. Musik. Very little.


Playing Wagner tuba. I’m in the student orchestra and we’re rehearsing for one of Bruckner’s symphonies, I think the eighth. I appear to be playing the bass Wagner tuba. So there is no pressure for me to worry about the high notes, and most of the other horn players were much better than I was, as well. I’m happy. Opening photo is a Wagner tuba (Wikimedia Commons).

The Wagner tuba is like a small version of the band instrument, the euphonium, or baritone horn. Only, it’s meant for horn players and is played with a French horn mouthpiece. Did I tell you that the baritone horn was my first instrument in 4th grade band and that I played a baritone horn solo with the school band in the 8th grade? Such potential. What happened? Anyway, playing in this really good student orchestra is a thrill.

29 days has February. My journal has February 29 in it for 1972. How is that possible? The years 1972 and 2008 are both leap years. How can you tell if a year has lept? If you can divide the year by four, it’s a leap year. We needed some math exercises added to these journal entries.


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