Andante, con brio
 
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Andante, con brio


In music, just as in cycling, there is a downbeat and an upbeat. The downbeat is the moment of tension, of exertion, when you apply all your energy, when your foot presses on the pedal to move forward, like the drumstick that makes contact with the drum to produce sound. It is followed by the upbeat, the moment of relaxation, of inertia, when you come back up; it is effortless, almost automatic, like the drumstick after impact. Downbeat and upbeat, strike and relax, down and up. In music, even the pause has its own time, measured using the same principle as the length of the notes: it is the silence, the moment in which sound stops to take a breath, a hesitation, the dynamic rhythm or the natural conclusion of a piece of music. On your bicycle, your break is the quiet time, the moment in which movement stops: you press on the brakes, stop, get off, and lean your perspiring back against the trunk of a tree on a hot, almost summer day. Your breath become regular again, you dry your forehead, drink a sip of water, your eyes wander over the landscape, you free your mind to the tune of the cicadas. A break from your bike lasts as long as you need to rest. Then, you get back in the saddle; downbeat and upbeat, strike and relax, down and up. Movement begins again.  

Elena Borrone