36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 238: Best horn playing


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

Day 238 — Best horn playing
27-March-1972 (Montag–Mon.)


Excellent day.

Played my horn at lesson. Best I ever played. Good tone, tonguing, breathing—relaxed. And for once, I was partially satisfied with myself. No doubt, it has something to do with my talks with Jean-Pierre on horn playing and the horn. He knows an extraordinary amount and has exceptional insight into the problems and conceptions of horn playing and horn design. I feel as if I am beginning to learn a lot about the scientific and logical cause-and-effect attitude. I’ve always thought that way and I know it’ll help.

Also, was able to get some work done on my electronic music work. Slow, but accomplished something.

At night, did some typing. Letter to Indiana for school info.

Very satisfying day.


Best playing. Wow, the best playing on horn. Perhaps it is a psychological thing and Jean-Pierre has just gotten me to not be so hard on myself. Perhaps it’s just a relaxation thing, a breathing thing. I really don’t remember. It’s nice to see that I’m a bit positive. I’m certain that my complaining will return but today, I’m positive.

Indiana University. I’m not certain who steered me to write to Indiana U. for information. Indiana was known as having a great music school. Well, plans do sometimes come true. I did teach public school for two years after my return to the U.S. but then I left my teaching to pursue my Masters in composition—at Indiana University. And, after an extended period for my dissertation, I graduated with a Master of Music degree in composition.

Yes, it was a good day.


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