36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 090: A nice Sunday


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

Day 90 — A nice Sunday
31-October-1971 (Sun.)

Autumn park in Vienna


I love to walk around on Sundays. Other people are always walking and it makes me feel good to see kids playing and people enjoying themselves.

Went to Vienna Boys' Choir mass in Morning and the opera at night.
Madame Butterfly. Pucinni writes very beautiful music.


Sunday. Another Sunday brings a Vienna Boys’ Choir mass, walking in the parks, and people watching. A needed break from the studying and practicing of the week.

Pucinni and opera. Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was an Italian operatic composer, most noted for his operas, Manon Lescaut, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Bohème, and others. These operas are part of the standard repertoire of the world-class opera houses. You know that La Bohéme is one of my favorites with Madame Butterfly up there as well. It’s not that I listen to opera everyday, but I enjoy seeing opera, live.

Madame Butterfly. The first performance of Madame Butterfly was met with hostility. Though, it is suspected that his rivals engineered that event. It quickly became popular and is successful today. The opera is about a young Geisha, Butterfly, who marries a U.S. Navy sailor that is in port. The cad’s name is Pinkerton. Yes, he leaves her for several years, marries an American girl, then comes back to ask for his child. All this time, Butterfly is hopeful about their love, refusing other suitors. When she learns the truth, she commits suicide. Ah, opera—the music can often be beautiful but the plot can be grim.

Opera is actually the "soaps" of the 17th–19th centuries. For non-Americans, soaps are the soap-opera television shows on daytime TV. No singing and music, but plenty of corny plots.

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