Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chipping away

 Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.


This thought occurred to me last night as I was continuing my struggle with "Pezzo Capriccioso." To the player, the notes on the page are the stone, and the performance is the statue. You learn the notes and try to shape them to express feelings that can't be put into words. Unlike stone, musical performance is fleeting and variable, which is both good and bad. But a satisfying performance does have a solidity of intention and inevitability. I think that's what we all strive to achieve.

Image: Detail of the hand of Michaelangelo's David

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