36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 132: Music and art


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

Day 132 — Music and art
12-December-1971 (Sun.)


Went to the 20th Century museum. Walked around. Some interesting works. I hadn’t heard of most of them. Still enjoyable.

Saw a fantastic concert. Vienna Symphony with Josef Krips. I like his conducting, and the orchestra was excellent. I had my subscription seat and so when I stood, I had a good view of Krips from the front. [They] did Beethoven’s 3rd. Fantastic. Acoustics were also unbelievable.


20th Century museum. I am assuming that this museum was an art museum, though I could be wrong. I always enjoy a great deal of modern art, although I sometimes wonder if those artists can do equally well in traditional art. Then, I would be truly impressed. However, contemporary art, as with music, often explores textures, layers, form, objects and elements, and other items in new and interesting ways. That is why I can often find interest in many new things. On the flip side, you can also find “sameness” in many new things. When new music and art sounds or looks the same, then it becomes less interesting.

Josef Krips does Beethoven. Although I was not familiar with Josef Krips as a conductor, I enjoyed his conducting and I enjoyed the Vienna Symphony (not the Philharmonic) performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major. This is one of Beethoven’s most famous works. You’ve heard it. Known as the “Eroica,” Beethoven composed the symphony in 1803-04 and dedicated it to Napoleon. As the Wikipedia article notes, afterwards, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven was so angered that he scratched out Napoleon’s name on the title page. Way to go, Beethoven.

Subscription seats. I had a subscription tickets to some of the concerts in the beautiful Musikverein concert hall. I remember the seats being on the 2nd level and slightly facing the conductor, almost aligned with the orchestra. This meant that I was “up close” and could watch both the conductor and the orchestra from the front/side, as they performed. It was incredible to watch and to hear. Too bad I couldn’t secretly videotape the concerts back then and play it back today. (There were no consumer video cameras in those days.)


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