36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 308: Preparing Fantasy


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

Day 308 — Preparing Fantasy
05-Jun-1972 (Montag–Mon.)


Herr Gabler wants me to play a piece in the horn class recital. I really don’t want to, being that I make too many mistakes.

Doing a lot of electronic work—trying to correct the piece before Wednesday’s concert. Hope it gets done.

Went out with English and Irish friends (by casual meeting) and had a really great time talking. Too late now, but I should have done it more in the year.


Horn class recital. There is some action today. Prof. Gabler wants me to play in the class recital. You’ve heard my complaining, about mistakes, and I don’t want to do it. If I play, I want it to be perfect, which it never is.

Preparing Fantasy. We have an electronic music concert coming up of the student pieces. This will be my “world premiere” of Fantasy on Broken Glass, and as a composer. Hmmm. I am working on the piece to finish it. I really want write serious music again. Let’s hope I can write when I retire in between my hours working at the local Burger King.

Friendly conversations. I was right in 1972. I hardly went out for drinks, eating, and casual conversations with my friends or other students during the year. It sounded like a lot of fun. You do need to socialize with people as a young person. I regret not doing it more often. However, I totally replaced this type of socializing with friends with going to the opera and concerts with my music friends. I will never regret that. Many American exchange students seemed to have lots of money to do things. I didn’t have that luxury and worked off of the Rotary stipend. I did a lot and got a lot of value from my devalued dollar. It was a great year.


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