36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 233: Bruckner 8 in the Musikverein


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

Day 233 — Bruckner 8 in the Musikverein
22-March-1972 (Mittwoch–Wed.)


Vienna Musikverein concert

Good day with electronic music. Starting to get places. Also bought a stopwatch (320s–$13 dollars). A necessity.

Concert in Musikverein. Hochschule Orchestra with Karl Östereicher, conductor. Big even, Bruckner’s 8th. Nice piece of music, fun to play. All in all, I think it went fairly well, however, some disappointments. Some winds, cellos, horns and brasses—a few too many wrong notes and bad timing. But all in all, not a bad student orchestra. Pretty good. I would even say.

My playing was all right too. Very few mistakes. Sometimes intonation was a problem, especially on Wagner tuba. I would have to hear the tape to hear results. Östereicher, an excellent conductor. Knew the music well.


Timing the score. In electronic music news, I buy a stopwatch to time the elements of the score for Fantasy on Broken Glass.

Bruckner in the Musikverein. Finally, we perform the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in the Musikverein. I offer some comments on the student performance. As usual, I suspect that my criticisms were based against a 100% perfect performance and that the actual performance was quite good. My performing on the Wagner tuba might not have been perfect as well but it sounds like it was fine. I enjoyed Maestro Karl Östereicher and his conducting. In all, performing in the Musikverein was the thrill of a lifetime. The Hochschule’s student orchestra was likely one of the best orchestras I’ve ever played in.

Wouldn’t it be great to hear a tape of that performance today?

Musikverin photos. The opening photo is not of this concert but one of several I have taken in the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall. The Vienna Boys’ Choir in the organ balcony indicates that this is one of the upcoming Bernstein concerts, specifically, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. For the Bernstein concerts I was in the 2nd tier balcony seats (in a front-side view to Maestro Bernstein). To take the above picture, I must have run around to the back of the balcony and taken these and some of my other photos at the end of the concert. I’ll present them again when we get to the Bernstein concerts.

Yes, I was playing on that stage. A thrill!


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