36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 289: Richard Strauss day


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

Day 289 — Richard Strauss day
17-May-1972 (Mittwoch–Wed.)


Very aggravated. Unable to continue work in electronic music. Stupid equipment doesn’t function right. Most problems are with the quality. Was reading about synthesizers and computers and how all of these things can be remembered automatically—thus, great quality.

Then played Strauss “Suite” (chamber music). Nice horn parts.

At night, saw “Arabella.” Strauss opera. A nice opera. Some beautiful parts.


Studio equipment. Today, I’m complaining. Most of the year, I didn’t complain. Equipment does break, especially considering the amount of work we have been putting it through. As always, if the issues occur when in the middle of a deadline or conclusion, you tend to get a bit more aggravated.

Synthesizers. This is one of the first times I mention synthesizers. In 1971–1972, they are just starting to emerge on the music scene. In my last month at Montclair State they had purchased one and locked it in a room. These synthesizers are the non-keyboard patch-bay style synths where you route the sound signal by physically patching cables among the synthesizer components. What I didn’t realize at the time was that there are not the magic answer to great quality. They may eliminate the issues of tape hiss, but new issues emerge.

Strauss chamber. This must be the Richard Strauss, “Suite for 13 Winds in Bb Major.” Don’t remember much about this, perhaps a class ensemble or a student recital. I’m glad I was performing.

Strauss opera. Today is Richard Strauss day. At night I enjoy his opera, Arabella.

A Google search led me to the website,
OperaToday, which has short synopses and streaming audio of select operas. The streaming sounds like an audience recording—you can hear a bit of coughing going on. Here is Arabella.


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