So I got stuck this evening on my way home, and sat in an immobile car while the wheels spun uselessly. A friend who lived nearby (thankfully) told me what to do: ‘ Back up, get into second gear, take a run at it and don’t slow down for the speed bump.’ And with much drama, noise, wheel-spin and slewing all over the road, I made it.
I report this only because later it made me think of technical obstacles faced in pieces we encounter; in certain conditions, to negotiate them too carefully in performance would be the wrong manoeuvre.
Rev up and go for it. Don’t slow down for the bump.
Here’s Prokofiev’s ‘Battle on the Ice’ from Alexander Nevsky.