36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 201: Horn-o-phrenia


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

Day 201 — Horn-o-phrenia
19-February-1972 (Samstag–Sat.)


Eriksson and Pizka collage

Spent most of day practicing piano. These last couple of days have really been terrible with the horn. I don’t know why, but I’ve been playing extremely bad. ?X!!!$%

Spend the rest of the day playing a little guitar and relaxing and reading. I enjoy the guitar. Perhaps I need to get back in the swing.


Horn-o-phrenia. The dictionary describes horn-o-phrenia as the following: a playing disorder of the French horn and its players, characterized by bipolar swings of good playing and not-so-good playing, resulting in confusion and anxiety for the attended horn player. A close relative of schizophrenia.

What can I say? I’m afflicted with horn-o-phrenia. A few days ago, I was singing the praises of practicing and that I was doing better. Today was one of those bipolar swings. Again, I suspect its not as bad as it sounds (except for those occasional high notes).

The cure for horn-o-phrenia. The cure for horn-o-phrenia is good-old new-fashioned YouTube videos to cheer me up— two are very nice videos based on Wagner’s Siegfried Horn Call. These two performers are quite accomplished. Prof. Hans Pizka does a great job of telling the story of Siegfried and playing the Siegfried Horn Call. A young hornist, Annamia Eriksson, plays the call in a beautiful and vibrant palatial hall. I don’t know Annamia. Is that an Alexander she’s playing? Both renditions are very nice. Thanks again, to both of you.

I can only conclude that, as a young student, I was trying to play Wagner’s Seigried Horn Call as well as I could. Damn those high notes.

Hans Pizka tells the story of (and plays) the Siegfried Horn Call

Annamia Eriksson, playing Siegried’s Horn Call in a beautiful hall


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