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36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 279: Bernstein & Beethoven


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

Day 279 — Bernstein & Beethoven
07-May-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)


Mahler’s 4th in the morning. Not as enjoyable as others because I ended up in the regular “stehplatz”—too many people. About Mahler: he sounds more “his style” in his writing than most other composers—idiomatic motives that instruments play (glissando) (harp, slowly). See snippet below.

Night saw
Fidelio. Very good production. Good music. Singing also went very well.


Mahler 4. Apparently, I’m in standing room way in the back of the Musikverein for a concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The concert is less enjoyable due to the large number of people in standing room. As this concert is in the morning, I assume that this is a continuation of the Bernstein-Mahler concert series. I comment briefly on Mahler’s idiomatic writing and musical style, noting a prominent rhythmic motif that Mahler uses in the second movement (see below).

Sample of motivic writing in Mahler 4

Fidelio. At night, I went to the opera to see Beethoven’s Fidelio. Following is a nice YouTube video of the Overture to Fidelio. You will see some very nice horn parts and video close ups. Mahler isn’t the only one who likes to play with motifs—talk about passing around of rhythmic motifs—look at Beethoven as well. The king of motifs (motives).


Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio on YouTube


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