Spring 2018 in Europe: Recital and Final Reflections

After I returned from Hamburg back to Oslo in early April, I hit the ground running by rehearsing all the music for my final Fulbright recital like clockwork—all six pieces were surprisingly easy to put together, and I was impressed by the responsiveness and enthusiasm of all the musicians about my music. The six pieces —Stora Rös (which I expanded into a sextet), Hylestad, Ice on Sand, Beta Drift, The Dolphin Moments, and Edvard (for which John Albert Harris designed the video) came together with three to four rehearsals for each piece, and by the time of the recital that week, I was feeling prepared and relaxed. While in the beginning I was a little nervous about the new elements of Edvar