36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 227: Austrian “class” in the keller


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

Day 227 — Austrian “class” in the keller
16-March-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)


Another typical day. Ended differently.

At 6:00 saw an electronic music lecture by Kaufmann. Showed possibilities of “live electronic” [music].

Afterwards, went out with him and a small group to this place called “Antiqua Keller”—very nice
keller, with atmosphere. What I liked was that we heard Dvorak’s New World Symphony and other classics. Later in the evening, a bass [soloist] sang a few arias from some operas. I got a big kick out of it—Austrian “class.” However, Kaufmann said that it wasn’t really typical Austrian. It was nice though.

Also had a really good discussion with Kaufmann about my ideas. That’s always what happens when there’s a little too much to drink.


Live lecture. Prof. Kaufmann gives a lecture on the use of “live” electronic music, as in performing and creating the electronic music live, a specialty of Kaufmann’s. (I enjoy Prof. Kaufmann’s teaching a lot.) In the journal, I actually write “Life Electronic.” I thought that this meant we went out to this cabaret to experience “life” electronic music. No.

Keller. Keller means cellar. These are Austrian restaurants, often with live entertainment, that are located in basement cellars. I believe this particular keller had a wonderful brick décor, brick archways, and overall ambience. I suppose that I had never seen a similar type restaurant in the U.S.

Class in the keller. I am good at clever titles. Here, a small group of our electronic class goes with Prof. Kaufmann to an Austrian keller and we experience an evening of classics as background music, and then a live performance of opera arias by a wonderful bass. Austrian “class” (in the artistic sense) at its best.

Then Prof. Kaufmann tells me that this is not typical entertainment in Viennese cabarets.

Pleasurable memories. I remember this night and the ambience and décor of this underground keller. And in those days, I’m certain I had a glass of Austrian Grinzing wine. Good ambience, food, wine, conversation, friends, and discussion. What a pleasure!


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