It's been on my mind lately—what I've thought but haven't said, what I've written and removed.
And I've thought about the lack of it—when I've said too much, or clung, shamefully, to too many words.
I've always been lured by understatement, suggestion, what is left unsaid. And I've been spellbound by the tense spaces between notes and words, phrases and action.
Listen to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's and Christa Ludwig's exquisitely controlled performances of Mozart's "Porgi Amor" from Marriage of Figaro, and Brahms's "Sapphische Ode". Both artists exercise tremendous restraint, rein in their instruments to highlight the music's subtlety and spare, quiet beauty. They understand that when they hold back, the audience listens...
...and sometimes, they forget to breathe....
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