36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 167: Back to music


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

Day 167 — Back to music
16-January-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)


Saw Wiener Choir Boys [Vienna Boys’ Choir]—good. I think they did Beethoven’s
Missa Brevis [no, Beethoven Mass in C]. Felt good.

Practiced and then called Munich. Talked to Lucille D. Might get a chance to go to Munich. Brother Mike should also be in Europe now. Will be expecting call from him.

Saw Vienna Symphony—
Brahm’s 4th. Beautiful concert. Saw a lot of the conductor (Ottman) and I liked his “tired-look” style. Got results.

A good full day of music.

Spent night reading all letters. Enjoyable and funny. Good.


A good day in Vienna.

Back to music. Yes, I’m back to attending music performances in Vienna. It’s Sunday. First the Vienna Boys’ Choir singing Beethoven’s Mass in C. I was probably wrong about the title, Beethoven didn’t write a Missa Brevis and so it was probably his Mass in C major. I often didn’t have the program in a church setting.

Back to Brahms. At night, it’s the Brahm’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Brahms has always been one of my favorite composers. Such beautiful lyric melodies and lush string writing. Romanticism at its best. All of my old classical LPs were sold-off by my brothers in subsequent years. I need to start rebuilding my classical collection in iTunes or Amazon.

Missa Brevis. Many composers have written a Missa Brevis (short mass), including Palestrina, Bach, Haydn, Benjamin Britten and Kodály. The Missa Brevis includes the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei forming the parts of the mass.

YouTube 2008 to the uh, rescue. Having had much stress in these past months in 2008 (and not blogging), I smiled and thought I would revisit the music via Google and YouTube. I listened to excerpts from Beethoven’s Mass in C, Beethoven’s Missa Solemis with Leonard Bernstein, the Missa Brevis in F by Mozart and the Vienna Boys’ Choir singing the Gloria from the Beethoven Mass in C in a concert from 1989 in the Netherlands. How do you know this? Sometimes from the comments.

YouTube is for fun. All of this was fun. Isn’t that the idea of YouTube? You can’t get a solid complete performance of anything on YouTube but you can browse a variety of performances varying from strictly amateur to university choirs to professional concerts. It’s fun. Certainly, new concert performances that are copyrighted are generally removed. Not a great musical research tool, but certainly fun.

There are a ton of YouTube videos featuring the Vienna Boys’ Choir [Wiener Sängerknaben]. Look ‘em up.

Don’t forget to use iTunes to preview recordings as well.

Munich and my bro. What’s up with Munich and my brother? I learn that a madrigal choral group from my school, Montclair State College, is coming to Munich to perform soon. I call a friend, Lucille (great pianist) to see if I can meet the group. My brother is also coming to Europe but I have no exact details. Of course, that’s what brothers do. Happy


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