Music. The beginning or manner of beginning a piece, passage, or tone.
Decisiveness and clarity in artistic expression: a careful performance, but one lacking the rigorous attack the work demands.
So now I know. I used to think it had something to with the “angle of attack”. Remember all those Biggles books and the Commando comics?
All these days I had this mental picture of Yo-Yo Ma lifting his bow and somehow banking into a steep turn before he vroomed down on his cello, taking care to come in out of the sun, a bandit at 5 o’ clock high, eyes slitted as his thumb seeks the “Fire” button and rat-a-tat-tat, Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites spiral to earth with pieces juddering out of their wings. As the last Suite crrr-rrumps into the ground and fireballs, the audience rise in unison, throwing their caps in the air and cheering wildly.
Y-Y Ma, ace extraordinaire, waves from the cockpit as he does two slow barrel-rolls before flying off into the wings. Loud noise ensues off-stage – a Montagnana cello is not equipped with landing-gear, retractable or otherwise, even if it comes from
Petunia?!?! Naaah. “Attack” ceases to have any relevance.
Now if it had been Jimi Hendrix with Machine-gun ….