All posts tagged: Brahms

Brahms and the philosophy in archery.

A violin cannot lie. Anecdotal experience tells me so. What I mean is that every light lift of the bow, its return to the string, and the shifting nuances of weight in the stroke, is audible. The musician’s conscious and subconscious impulses have nowhere to hide when it comes to the sound; it is almost as if the instrument is an extension of the body. It has now been four months since I sank into my seat under the roof of London’s Wigmore Hall, blissfully unaware of the heroic performance I was about to hear. With Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien due to appear on the stage at any moment, my father and I debated over whether or not to wake the elderly couple who were dozing contently in the row just before us. As Cédric played the opening half-bar chords of Brahms’ Violin Sonata no.1, I thought that, if anything, these first few bars might lull the snoozing couple into an even deeper more peaceful sleep. Alina’s seamless first notes, however, distanced me so far …