36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 321: Music to relax by


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

Day 321 — Music to relax by
18-Jun-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)


Practiced. Slightly better.

Relaxed, for a change.

Went to see “
Manon” by Massenet. Very pretty and enjoyable music. Excellent singing. Very similar in story and musical style to Puccini’s La Boheme. Big difference here is the ending—a loud, pompous forte. Boheme is much more effective.


Enjoying Manon. Today, I seem to be pushed into the brighter side of life by the opera, Manon by Jules Massenet. My favorite comment ensues—enjoyable. Massenet is not as well known as Pucinni, and we don’t get to hear him that often, but he has written a lot of operas, so check out the Widipedia article below. There are some amazing vintage recordings (1910, 1912), including Caruso, that you can listen to. (The Internet never ceases to amaze.)

Be careful. I was impatient and clicked on the two audio links before the audio-streaming started. The resulting mash-up of two recordings playing at the same time, was rather avant-garde and not Massenet.


Manon in Wikipedia


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