Handel as Handrail

A Handel flute sonata is a handrail. The performer approaches it like a skateboarder takes on a handrail. Multiple angles and approaches: some more obvious than others, some more complementary to the rail than others, some more insane than others. In the end the skater goes for it as the performer does. A scraped knee and a flubbed note doesn’t stop them.

Oh to be as playfully curious and patiently persistent like a skater! To look at the classical repertoire like one giant skatepark that is just waiting for us to explore.

Maybe skaters have something to teach classical musicians. If only we just looked for a moment.

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