36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 195: Gourmet Beethoven


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

Day 195 — Gourmet Beethoven
13-February-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)


Beethoven by Stieler 1820

Spending most of the day—somewhat relaxing—by finishing up written work. My application for Fontainebleau. I have made myself a typical Sunday meal, which I’m getting to be an expert at: instant soup, hot dogs, eggs, and hot chocolate. Of course, with plenty of fruit around to supplement it.

Tonight, plan to see
Fidelio. Supposed to be a great cast.

Saw an unbelievable performance of Beethoven’s
Fidelio. The reason—the leads were all excellent singers. I also never heard such a good job on the “Lenore” overture (to 3rd Act). Fast strings. Horns did a good job.


Gourmet. Clever title, huh? “Gourmet cook, are you?” said Yoda. What kind of meals am I eating? ??? Instant soup, hot dogs, eggs, fruit, and hot chocolate—basically, I know how to boil water. As I got older, and as a single guy, I usually went for the simple meals. I did get better.

Beethoven. Finally, I am back to some music. After all, that’s why I’m in Vienna. Opera tonight. Beethoven’s Fidelio, a lot of great music, great horn parts, great gourmet Beethoven. I enjoyed the performance and the singing.

The wonder of YouTube. The Internet(s) is amazing. [I like to use the newer plural term for the Internet—not sure why.] If you search on a title/topic you can usually find some nice musical performance. A search on “Beethoven Fidelio” gave this YouTube link to the opening Fidelio Overture (7:23) by Nikolas Harnoncourt and the Orchestre de L’Operade de Zürich. Great performance. It’s a great way for students to search, hear, and see a lot of music.

Fidelio Links:
YouTube Fidelio Overture
Wikipedia Fidelio
Wikipedia Beethoven
Music with Ease synopsis
Historical background

The opening picture is from Wikipedia Commons: “A portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820”


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