36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 179: Contemporary music


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

Day 179 — Contemporary music
28-January-1972 (Freitag–Fri.)


Saw a concert at night with three works played. Generally, I think his works have something. But I am not terrifically turned on by all of his music (like so much of cont. music) – either I’m missing something or he’s missing something. One piece had tape with orchestra – was sort of a disappointment of what he did with the tape, was not indicative of what electronic music can do.


Opinionated youth. Here I go again, being somewhat critical of some things in a concert. Probably my youth showing again. I need that Time Machine Tape Recorder from yesterday. Most of the people I may offer a slight criticism of are very, very highly regarded professionals, performers and composers. I think that in this journal, as a young dude, I may just be expressing stylistic differences as to what I think might be different.

If people heard my music, they would probably tear it apart much more so.

I generally like almost everything I listen to. There are pop music exceptions.

Contemporary music criticism. I believe that, as a young student, I was generally overly critical of contemporary music pieces and concerts. Why? Contemporary music is hard to listen to, and much harder to understand and analyze. Thus, a lot of non-tonal based music, or experimental music, is serious, difficult music that requires some serious understanding and study. On a surface level, much contemporary music begins to sound similar due to the fact that you don’t have melodies and harmonies to latch on to. That is probably my youthful view on these things. The same is true of electronic music.

I really like contemporary music. I actually really like contemporary music, whereas the general public doesn’t. Thus, don’t take any of my criticisms as being serious. Take them as being youthful.


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