36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 249: Jean-Pierre leaves

Day 249 — Jean-Pierre leaves
07-April-1972 (Freitag–Fri.)

A good friend leaves today and I discover that you can’t tell a composer by his published cover—until you see it.

Day 248: Strassebahn traffic jam

Day 248 — Strassebahn traffic jam
06-April-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)

Strassebahn cleanup
Today the Viennese streetcars experience an unusual traffic jam. At night, we’re at the Volksoper with An Italian in Algiers and then have a drink afterwards with my horn teacher, Prof. Gabler.

Day 240: Talking, learning

Day 240 — Talking, learning
29-March-1972 (Mittwoch–Wed.)

Jean-Pierre continues to give me good horn advice.

Day 238: Best horn playing

Day 238 — Best horn playing
27-March-1972 (Montag–Mon.)

I’m happy with my horn playing and saying it’s the best since I’ve been here. Is it attitude? Relaxation? Better breathing? Or a change in my embouchure? As long as it seems to be working.

For some reason, I’m looking at Indiana University for future music study.

Day 236: Selfish John

Day 236 — Selfish John
25-March-1972 (Samstag–Sat.)

I discover that I am a selfish, good-for-nothing, bum. I turn around 180-degrees that same day and let a good friend stay a week in my room.