36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 298: First Fantasy in class


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

Day 298 — First Fantasy in class
26-May-1972 (Freitag–Fri.)


Mixed day. Played composition in class. Found out that I have more technical errors and corrections. Will be part of our studio’s representation in Berlin at the Electronic Music Festival week. Also saw the program notes of our studio—Kaufmann wrote some nice notes. Also played it for Prof. C. Surprisingly, he didn’t seem to think it was too bad. He gave me some of his criticisms. All in all, will do some changing around.

Went to a discotek. I have the worst luck in trying to pickup someone up here in Österreich. There were plenty of others who didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.


Fantasy in class 1972. Today is a good day for me as I get to play Fantasy on Broken Glass for the class, Prof. Kaufmann, and my composition professor, Prof. C. Remember, this first composition was 22 minutes long. That’s perhaps a bit long for this “programmatic” work. I think the class liked it.

Music in Berlin 1972. Surprise! I didn’t know that Prof. Kaufmann was going to include my work as part of the studio’s representation for a contemporary music concert in Berlin. I love it. He apparently also wrote some program notes that I liked.

Walter in Berlin 2009. Ironically, my stepson Walter is leaving today (in 2009) for Berlin. Coincidence? (I have to admit that is strange.) He is meeting an old friend and they are spending 10 days in a few European countries. He wants to meet Tiesto and Armin van Buren. It’s his first trip to Europe. Enjoy, Walter.

Fantasy in Vienna 2009. Ready for some more coincidence? Just last night, Prof. and composer, Igor Lintz-Maues, the director of the Institute of Composition and Electroacoustic Media in the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien, emailed me and said that he successfully found and digitized what was in the studio’s archive under my name. He is sending me a CD. How amazing is that? It is a wonder that a tape that is over 36 years old can still play back well and that there are tape recorders that can do it. Thank you Prof. Lintz-Maues.

I’m feeling good.

Girls in the discotek. I’ve said this before; my international charm has disappeared. I can’t seem to meet any Viennese girls. Was it my German? My hair? (Yes, it could have been.) To make myself feel better 37 years later, I will say that I was never good at meeting girls in bars. Oh, well, I’m not hot. (P.S. pickup = to meet)


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