36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 025: Coffee with Mozart, Hadyn, and Beethoven


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

Day 25 — Coffee with Mozart, Hadyn, and Beethoven
27-August-1971 (Fri.)


Met with my Horn teacher today. Talked for a while and told me that my embouchure looked basically alright, except for a few things.

Had dinner in Schubert's Über. Excellent home-type meal. Also had café [coffee] in a café where
Mozart, Hadyn, and Beethoven used to visit.

song is almost finished.

Tomorrow I start practice.


Hochschüle fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst. It looks like I’m starting to think about school at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Hochschüle fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst) that will be coming up soon. I meet my French horn teacher for the first time. (Professor Gabler) Perhaps it was an audition to get in his class? I’m not certain. I find out that my embouchure may not be too bad off. It must just be “me” that makes mistakes. Regardless, I’m looking forward to studying horn.

Dinner with Schubert. Then dinner at Schubert’s Über. I think that language school is ending soon and we went out with my roommates and Anjali to dinner. I don’t remember if Schubert’s Über is the name of a restaurant or a special tourist place.

Composer's coffeehouse. Finally, we went to a café where the master’s—Mozart, Hadyn, and Beethoven—used to sit and have coffee, or whatever else they drank. How cool is that? I remember thinking what it would have been like being in this café during those times and with those composers present. Did Mozart where a wig when socializing? Did Beethoven spit into a spittoon, fiddle with his sketch notebooks, and give everyone a hard time? Haydn, hmmm, don’t know much about his personality. It was neat being in such a historic place. I remember it being crowded with lots of tables. Basically, an historic Vienna coffeehouse.

My first song? Next. I’m writing a song? It’s almost finished? Where did that come from? I never wrote a song before in my life. Well, I wonder what has come over me? I guess we’ll soon see.

Where is Grammar Girl? P.S. I now realize that my underlining in the journal is not grammatical, but a way for me to find key words as I skim through the journal. Good thing, otherwise Grammar Girl would be on my case. An insight: 36 years before Google and the Internet, I was intuitively developing a text-based search engine for quick retrieval of data from a text-based storage device. I’m impressed. You would think I should be getting some money from Google for that search technique. You would think.

[Note: I am gradually replacing most underlines, sometimes with bold or italic typeface.]


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