36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 297: Electronic lecture and party


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

Day 297 — Electronic lecture and party
25-May-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)


Better day. Piano practice went good [well]. And most of the horn playing also went good [well]. Read-through with Dr. Paul, the Hindemith horn
Sonata—nice, and good practice.

At night, an electronic music vorlessung. Interesting. First time I heard a piece by Xenakis. I like his idea—looking into one sound texture with slower, imperceptible change within it. But the 20-minute piece was all f–fff [forte to triple fortissimo]. Can sort of get loud.

Camilla invited us to her house for a small type of party—with parents, Kaufmann, and Gottwald. Really enjoyable. Ate and drank a lot. The whole group knows how to have a good time. I couldn’t believe Kaufmann and Gottwald. They’re really wild. Running after Camilla, and such.


Horn is back. Well, today I seem to have some good playing under my belt. Back and forth ability. Or maybe, it’s not quite so bad as I imagine. Dr. Paul seems to be a good teacher who encourages playing, playing, and playing. Good.

Iannis Xenakis. Today was my first exposure to Xenakis’ music in Prof. Kaufmann’s electronic music lecture, and I seemed to be drawn to it. The music had small perceptible changes over time and was also very loud. I later learned that Xenakis’ composition would sometimes be based on what is termed stochastic theory—randomness and random variables. His interests also extended to architecture and mathematics. I remember owning his book while at Ohio State, which was heavily into mathematical processes and stochastic theory (too difficult for me). Xenakis is considered one of the important composers of the 20th century.

Camilla. Look at this. Camilla has invited us to her house to meet her parents and have some food and drink. How nice. What’s this about Kaufmann and Gottwald flirting with Camilla? (I’m certainly exaggerating—I can’t remember a thing, really.) Camilla was a very, very attractive girl. Why don’t I have a picture of her? That said, it is enjoyable to belong to a group of students that transcends the classroom.


Xenakis on Wikipedia


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