What defines a climax can be drama, difficulty, volume, pitch, a sudden release of energy… whichever the case, a climax is a highest point of intensity. After reaching a peak, things by nature come down and there is a resolution. This return to a neutral state is what allows for something new to emerge. Intensity makes us feel alive, and it can become an addiction. Are we allowing ourselves to come down when an experience is over? Or are we trying to keep the intensity going by not letting go or by springing on to the next thing to avoid ever coming down?
The premiere is the moment in which the “live” aspect comes in. Until then it is all preparation, which comes to an end in performing the resulting work in front of an audience. We could say that the piece is finished once it gets to this point. In fact this is not completely so. For one thing, the audience is a new element which will have its effect on the work. For another, as the composition is performed repeatedly it will develop further. Despite it being an exciting moment, the premiere is not so much the climax, but the turning point. From here on the work somehow emancipates itself to a certain extent from its creators. A bit like bringing a creature into the world.