36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 299: New music from Prof. Kaufmann; Mai Fest


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

Day 299 — New music from Prof. Kaufmann; Mai Fest
27-May-1972 (Samstag–Sat.)


Vienna park and Rathaus at night

Not a bad day. Horn ensembles, practicing, went all right.

Heard some work on Kaufmann’s new piece. Interesting concept of voice collage. American girl soprano. Not bad!

Then saw
Rigoletto. Very good. Enjoyable opera.

On the way home, the Rathaus was completely lit up. It was so beautiful. Marks the beginning of Mai Fest with band music and kids dancing. Sort of nice.


Normal day. A normal day is quite jam-packed with a lot of things to do—horn ensembles, practice, and a good old Verdi opera at night.

New Kaufmann piece. Prof. Kaufmann appears to be working on a new musique concrète work and is using vocal collages. I am assuming that I dropped by the electronic studio where he was recording a soprano for his new piece. As I have mentioned many times, Kaufmann uses recorded voices, live voices, and live and recorded manipulation of the voice in his works. Live vocal performance and improvisation are also important in his composition. Very interesting. Would love to hear this.

Beautiful Rathaus. The opening picture shows a Vienna park at night with the Rathaus in the background. I also say that it is the beginning of Mai Fest (May Fest), but May is almost over. Hmmm. Still, the Rathaus and Vienna’s buildings look beautiful at night. Below are a couple of photos of the Parliament building at night.

Night photo of the Parliament
Parliament at night 01

Parliament at night
Parliament at night 02


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