This is my Despite and Still by Samuel Barber set from my graduate recital. I must give great thanks for PhoebeJoy who worked so hard with me on these pieces and to my dad who after first hearing the texts in isolation immediately figured out what was going on in this cycle.
It’s amazing that since then I have come to realize even more about the cycle. I am so happy that the arc of artistry is a long one, because as I grow as a human being, these pieces will only become richer for me to perform.
Wow! I am so proud of us! Ian, I’ll treasure this performance! Your acting is great.
The only thing I’m wondering is if Solitary Hotel could dance more. It feels a little slow on my part. I wonder how it would work to have you standing on that one, yet still jotting things down.