36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 280: Time travel with YouTube—Mahler 4

Day 280 — Time travel with YouTube—Mahler 4
08-May-1972 (Montag–Mon.)

Bernstein Mahler 4
The real Mahler 4 concert at night. We enter a time-vortex through the magic of YouTube and see two videos from this same concert—36 years ago. Yes, I was there.

Day 259: Mahler 5 televised

Day 259 — Mahler 5 televised
17-April-1972 (Montag–Mon.)

Roland Berger 1st horn VPO
Today, we get to see Bernstein conduct Mahler 5 for the televised version of the concerts. I get to see Bernstein from the organ balcony and fifth row orchestra. I also meet Roland Berger, 1st horn of the Vienna Philharmonic.

A great day.

Day 258: Bernstein moves the Earth

Day 258 — Bernstein moves the Earth
16-April-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)

Bernstein and the VPO
Bernstein literally moves the Earth today [read earthquake] in a concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the Musikverein. I snuck in for free and got Mr. Bernstein’s autograph after the concert. Yes.

Day 255: Ein wunderbar Tage

Day 255 — Ein wunderbar Tage
13-April-1972 (Donnerstag–Thur.)

Berger and Gabler
An incredibly full day—horn lesson, piano practice, electronic music composition and lecture, Leonard Bernstein rehearsing the Vienna Philharmonic, another Bach Heiler concert, and watching Buster Keaton silent films. I’m still writing in German. The big news—Leonard Bernstein is in town conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a Mahler series. This is big. Photos from the 1972 Mahler Symphony No. 5, concert video, today.

Was this a full day or what? An incredible day.

Day 202: Horn players love Richard Strauss

Day 202 — Horn players love Richard Strauss
20-February-1972 (Sonntag–Sun.)

It’s Sunday and I need to take a break. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the brass section wows me at night.

I discover a ton of online videos relating to
Ein Heldenleben and the horn.

Day 187: Great horn website

Day 187 — Great horn website
05-February-1972 (Samstag–Sat.)

Viennese horn section
In 2009, I present a wonderful website on the Horn and the Viennese Horn by Prof. Hans Pizka. Read More...

Day 152: Glückliches Neues Jahr; New Year’s Day concert; off to St. Anton

Day 152 — Glückliches Neues Jahr; New Year’s Day concert; off to St. Anton
01-January-1972 (Sat.)

Johann Strauss statue at night
What a day! That’s how I end today’s reflections. I get into standing room for the world-famous New Year’s Day concert by the Vienna Philharmonic that features waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss’ I and II, dad and son. What fun! Then, I head off on the train to the Austrian Alps, stop in Innsbruck to give Elisabeth a gift, and then head on to the world-famous ski resort of St. Anton for a week of skiing.

What a day! What a year!

Day 054: Incredible Two's

Day 54 — Incredible Two's
25-September-1971 (Sat.)

Vienna Musikverein
What a day!

Two incredible:
• concerts
• conductors
• orchestras
• symphonies
• horn sections

The day was mostly two amazing concerts by two incredible, internationally renowned orchestras—the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony. From Dr. Karl Böhm to Sir Georg Solti, to Dvorak’s
New World Symphony and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, I was in heaven.

What a day!
What a city!
Vienna, the city of music.

Day 049: The Vienna State Opera (Wozzeck)

Day 49 — The Vienna State Opera (Wozzeck)
20-September-1971 (Mon.)

Vienna State Opera
My first visit to the Vienna State Opera. The building and interior of the opera house, and the performance of the opera Wozzeck, all lead to a grand conclusion for the day.