Orchestra, video, electronics [10′].


nerve is about the phenomenon of stage fright. A projected text describes a first person account of stage fright from the point of view of a pianist about to go on stage to perform a piano concerto. The musical material of the work is loosely based on the opening eight bars of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto.

Commissioned by Jurjen Hempel and Jeugd Orkest Nederland for their summer tour 2012 with financial assistance from the Dutch Fonds Podium Kunst.

performance history

  • Premiere; Jeugd Orkest Nederland, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 3 August 2012.