Negative space can be defined as the space between, within, and around objects. In photography one can often utilize this space as a way to create tension and visual interest.
The focus here was on the inner arch of the bridge, and how the sound vibrated through and around the bridge, between the strings.
Not only is the water surface negative space between the floating plants, but the ripples of the water also create another level of negative space.
This is very similar to music, where attention should be paid not only to the notes themselves, but more importantly, what happens between the notes.
Does the sound stop or continue? Does one crescendo or decrescendo? How does vibrato fit in? (or not?)
What is the shape of the space between the notes? Is it flat or curved? Is it getting wider or thinner?
How does one work the breath / the bow / the touch to achieve those shapes?
This perspective can help us musicians understand how all notes, phrases, and sections contribute to the entire structure of a composition. Paying attention to these details can truly alter one's perception and interpretation of a piece. As always, it’s also important to understand the composer’s language and the general aesthetics of the period. This knowledge will help us make informed decisions which, in turn, will enable us to come closer to the essence of the music and what the composer had originally intended.