36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 101: Good horn lesson, I want to practice


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

Day 101 — Good horn lesson, I want to practice
11-November-1971 (Thur.)


Really good lesson today. Played well. Well, fairly well. Now, if I could only feel at least that good all of the time.

Practicing is somewhat of a problem because of the way the school handles things. If you don’t live in the
studentenheim [student dorm], it seems like you’re not allowed to practice much. One of the few things that are beginning to get me angry. Tomorrow, in the American tradition, I’m going to (diplomatically) let my grievances be known to as many people as possible. Now, that my hair is covering my ears (haven’t gotten a haircut get), maybe I’ll become a real-live student radical.

Saw another R. Strauss opera—
Arabella. On first hand accounts, I usually don’t go crazy over them [Strauss operas]. Actually, I probably just have to know the work better.


Good horn lesson. Finally, I feel like I am playing better and having a good lesson. The trick and difficulty…how to do this all the time.

Complaining. Well, I was beginning to wonder what would make me write a longer post over these last several days. Answer—complaining. Complaining about the difficulty in getting practice time. It may be that I have been practicing in the student dorms all this time, and perhaps I am not allowed to since I don’t live there. We’ll see. Nonetheless, I am up in arms, with this being the second time I’ve threatened to become a student radical. Winking

Richard Strauss operas. Strauss generally writes in a late-romantic, highly chromatic, heavily orchestrated, complex style. While I don’t remember the opera, Arabella, I suspect that it was not as easy to listen to as the other popular operas. With additional listening and study, I certainly would understand and appreciate any musical work to a better degree. Or perhaps I was just tired.

See ya.


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