36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 126: Guitarist Julian Bream


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

Day 126 — Guitarist Julian Bream
06-December-1971 (Mon.)


Julian Bream. English guitarist. Fantastic concert. I had an excellent seat and could see the “straight-wrist limit of flexion.” He was really fantastic. His tone and clearness in playing was really good.
The music was also beautiful. Bach Gavotte, Villa Lobos Preludes. I made a tape. I hope it came out good.

Afterwards, went to see him and get his autograph. He’s English and acts very nice.


Julian Bream, guitarist. Julian Bream is one of the notable guitar virtuosos in the world of classical guitar. It is always a great treat to see top performers play “live.” I am glad that I made it to this concert. Since I am playing beginning classical guitar, I was interested in the performing style of players. Usually, this meant playing with a slightly curved fingers, or straight-fingers and wrist. I don't remember what flexion means. One thing is certain, top performers such as Bream, always have a mastery of the technique of their instrument and the sound of their instrument. It is artistry. Here is the Wikipedia article on Bream.

YouTube videos. How cool is this? There are some videos of Julian Bream on YouTube. Amazing—it preserves a bit of culture and history to see these clips. Amazing. Here is Julian Bream playing Villa-Lobos Preludes 3 & 4; Here is Julian Bream playing the Bach Fugue in A minor.

English charm. I didn't meet many Englishmen in Vienna, except for my roommate Jeff. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the charm of the English came out in Julian Bream when I met him backstage.

Live concerts. One of my regrets, throughout life, is that I haven’t seen enough live concerts and operas throughout the years. Expense is a big part of it; concerts are expensive. And time and convenience are the other factors. Living in a major city with its arts establishment is probably the only way that you can go “often” to concerts. My advice: if you enjoy music and it is convenient and affordable to see live music…then, by all means, do it. It is worth it.


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