When told by a violinist that a difficult passage in the concerto was virtually unplayable, Stravinsky is supposed to have said: “I don’t want the sound of someone playing this passage, I want the sound of someone trying to play it!”
— as recounted within The Art of Possibility
“It’s seductive to stand outside the arena and think: I’m going to go in there and kick some ass when I’m bulletproof and when I’m perfect. And that is seductive.
But the truth is, that never happens.
And even if you got as perfect as you could and as bulletproof as you could possibly muster when you got in there, that’s not what we want to see.
We want you to go in.
We want to see courage.
We want to be with you and across from you trying to play it.
And we just want, for you, for ourselves, for the people we care about, and for us all, to dare greatly.”
— Adapted from the words of Brené Brown