36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 236: Selfish John


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

Day 236 — Selfish John
25-March-1972 (Samstag–Sat.)


Played in ensembles in morning. Good.

Practiced piano also. Went fairly well.

Only thing that bothered me was the fact that I couldn’t work at all in the electronic studio. Another student had to use both. Aggravates me when we have to compete for time. I have so much to do and it seems like I’ll never get it done. Well.

Jean-Pierre, hornist, comes back to Wien to pick up his Vienna horn. Had a long talk about problems and science of playing the horn. Very interesting. Must save the “napkin” that has all this info. I think this info will help me. Anyway, he’ll be staying in my room for a week. No problem, but I’m not sure how Frau Pollak likes it.


Selfish John, youthful John. I don’t believe it. Me, moi, the guy who monopolizes ALL of the time in the electronic studio—I am complaining about SOMEONE ELSE using the studio. Come on, John! Could I have been that arrogant? That selfish? I thought I was a fair and a good guy. I now suspect that this was my “youthful arrogance.” As a youth, you get a thing in your head that you must absolutely do, and if you don’t do it, at that exact moment or time, you get a bit upset. As a youth, you are not looking at the total picture—in this case, how much time “I” have been monopolizing in the electronic studio.

Well, hopefully, I was not too bad a guy. And today in 2009, I still may not be too bad a guy.

Jean-Pierre, guest. My horn colleague, Jean-Pierre, comes back to Vienna to pick up and buy his Vienna horn. I’m putting him up in my room. Good for me. Now, I appear to be a nice, generous guy, compared to selfish John in the last paragraph. It looks like my hausfrau may not be too happy about this. Well, it was no big deal.

Where is that “napkin” that contains all of the “horn secrets” from Jean-Pierre? Lost to time.

Saturday ensembles. Hmmm. Just realized that a lot of our playing opportunities with ensembles are on the weekend, outside of school constraints or schedules. I am certain that Prof. Gabler did not get paid for this extra time. Another reason to be thankful for such a warm, generous, and wonderful teacher.


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