36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 206: The Viennese experience; the Valkyries


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

Day 206 — The Viennese experience; the Valkyries
24-February-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)


Wotan and Brunhilde

Another day.

Horn lesson, not bad. Never satisfied.

El. Musik till about four o’clock. Boy, does it wear you out. Sometimes, for relaxing, I’ll listen to the tape tracks of the old movies I made. That “pop” [music] sure does help. It sort of brightens me up and makes me feel happy.

Then after returning home, went to see “The Valkyries” second opera of
The Ring by Wagner. Even though it was extremely long, I wasn’t bored at all. The singing was excellent and I don’t even remember hearing anyone that I didn’t like. Good.


Electronic project. Moving forward. This is good. I am committed.

Pop tapes. I made a few copies of pop albums that I owned onto cassette, bringing a few with me. You need a popular break once in a while. Actually, today, I listen more to pop music than the classical genre. I love both and most music, in fact. I owned an extensive LP collection that was lost or sold years later after I moved away from home. Wish I had those now—a lot of contemporary music, electronic music, classical, popular, The Beatles, The Stones and many more.

The Vienna Experience. Imagine the beauty of being in Vienna, seeing world-class operas and concerts, all the time. In most of my adult life, I have been over an hour’s commute from New York’s concert, opera, and theatre scene. In reality, you need two hours each way to get there—drive or take the train, traffic, park, eat, settle in, and finally enjoy the music. It’s expensive. In order to have my “Vienna experience” you have to be living right in the middle of the music scene with easy, quick access. And be affordable, even standing room, tickets. That was what I had in Vienna. That’s what I miss.

Wagner’s Valkyrie. Die Walküre. A great opera at night with wonderful singers. The picture (below) is of the 1899 Schotts vocal score cover. (Wikipedia Commons)

1899 Schott cover

Valkyrie ringtones. I’m tempted to use the Valkyries motive (you know the one) as my wife’s ringtone. The opening picture is of my wife and I making believe we are Wotan and Brunhilde. Thanks to Wikipedia Commons for snapping this photo.

Valkyrie links:

The Valkyrie legend on Wikipedia

Famous Ride of the Valkyries (opera) on YouTube (Boulez)

Famous Ride of the Valkyries (orchestra) on YouTube

Die Walküre on Wikipedia

Wagner on Wikipedia


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