36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 301: Paris says no

Day 301 — Paris says no
29-May-1972 (Montag–Mon.)

Today is the day that I actually get the news that I am not going to Fontainebleau this summer to study composition. I’m depressed.

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 196: Applying to Fontainebleau

Day 196 — Applying to Fontainebleau
14-February-1972 (Montag–Mon.)

Fontainebleau Schools

A full day of school and work along with an application to study at Fontainebleau, the famous school for composers.


Day 192: Dreams, hopes, and scholarships

Day 192 — Dreams, hopes, and scholarships
10-February-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)

I want to continue study and look to finding places to study and apply for scholarships. My 1972 youthful hopes and dreams are becoming apparent. Life’s choices and reality may change those dreams. My advice to young people…


Day 048: Stress relief: Donau Park and Tower

Day 48 — Stress relief: Donau Park and Tower
19-September-1971 (Sun.)

Two girls strolling in park
To reduce the stress of my daily frustration, I visit the Donau Park and Tower adjacent to the Danube River.

Great views. Ah, I feel better.

Day 047: Preparing for entrance exams

Day 47 — Preparing for entrance exams
18-September-1971 (Sat.)

I start preparing for the entrance exams to the academy. I’m feeling inadequate. I have an interest in studying composition. I am not certain as to how I developed that interest.

Interesting. (Sorry for the redundancy. Literary humor.)

Day 004: To the dorms, to the discotek

Day 4 — To the dorms, to the discotek
06-August-1971 (Fri.)

As a young male, I am becoming infatuated with the beauty of Vienna and the bra-less girls in the Voom-Voom discotek. I finally leave the hotel and enter the student hostel (dorms) where I will spend the summer while attending a German language course.