36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 118: Music and art


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

Day 118 — Music and art
28-November-1971 (Sun.)


Saw three films today on music and art. One on Krenek, Haver, and surrealistic painting. Not the most exciting films. Many of the pictures they used were similar to one’s I took (i.e. a flower). A new danger is that something like this can seem corny. Also, seeing a picture of the composer’s face, while his music is playing, can be corny. So, beware of something like these. Of course, you can turn it into something funny or humorous.

La Bohème at night. The more I see it, the more I love it.


Contemporary art films. Today, I look at contemporary art films. I enjoy contemporary art as well as music. I think when I was in middle school or high school, I painted a replica of Salvador Dali’s famous surrealistic wilted-clock painting—The Persistence of Memory. My mother hung that painting on the wall for many years. P.S. I don’t know how to paint. I wish I did.

Just like with contemporary music, contemporary art films (avant-garde) can be interesting or not. I comment that some of the pictures were like ones that I would photograph in college (flowers, inanimate objects). My mother once said, “Why don’t you take pictures of people?” I should listen more. Use of these kinds of images can be powerful, interesting, or corny. I am guessing it was a type of minimalism. You can look at a picture of a flower and immerse yourself in it’s beauty, or you might say, “What? It’s a flower.” Regardless, it’s good for me to be exposed to all types of contemporary art and music. Europe was the place where this was happening in 1971. Sure, the U.S. was also active, but I was in Europe. Happy

La Bohème. Again. Can’t get enough of this opera. ay 100: 100th Anniversary">Day 100 Note that this is only November, and I’ve seen more concerts and operas than in a decade in the U.S.


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