36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 194: Conservatory style


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

Day 194 — Conservatory style
12-February-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)


Good day.

Morning—played Reicha trios with Horn class. I was actually playing fairly well. Hopefully, it’ll keep on getting better.

Afterwards, worked with El. Musik. The reason I’ve been having all of this time is that no one else is around working. I don’t like to be selfish, but it’s great.


Horn and electronics. A typical day today. More experiences in horn class and work in electronic music. Boring reading, but most of life is this type of routine and repetition.

A traditional horn lesson—private. Although, I have mentioned this before, it is an interesting point to bring up again. In my undergraduate horn lessons in the U.S., the lesson was private. You sat down on a chair in a closed studio and had your lesson with your professor. The instruction was very good. You performed outside of lessons in school ensembles (orchestra, band, chorus, chamber groups).

A Viennese horn class—conservatory style. The Viennese horn “lesson” was more of a class. In Vienna, you went to the horn studio, sat in a chair, forming a line of students waiting to take their lessons. You watched other students taking their lessons. When it was your turn, you got up and had your lesson, playing “standing up,” and having a line of students watch you. The lesson was public. This put a bit more pressure on you to perform well, and did accomplish the purpose of always having you play in front of people. In these classes, Prof. Gabler would also arrange for chamber music and horn ensembles to be performed. This conservatory style approach also provided very good instruction.


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