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The profile of Gala Flagello in a checkered dress with her eyes closed turning away from the camera.
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Persist (two trumpets)

Year Composed





Two trumpets, chamber orchestra:



Program Notes

After writing the text for Persist (2020), I realized that it read like a combination of a bedtime story and a call to action. This reflects the way in which the poem and the opening of the piece came to me. I was awake at 3 A.M., my mind racing, trying to sort through the many problems of the world during this time, punctuating each with “everything will be okay.” Listing both our fears and hopes can be cathartic, and to achieve these hopes—safety, health, equality, kindness, progress, and empathy—we must persist. We must support those who need a moment to rest and take care when the burden of change-making feels too great. My hope is that this piece gives strength and light to those who need it. The original version was commissioned by Albany Symphony Orchestra; endless thanks to the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for commissioning this arrangement for two trumpets and chamber orchestra.

Additional Information

Original version for two sopranos commissioned by The Albany Symphony

Arrangement for two trumpets commissioned by DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

Parts are available to rent by requesting a quote through Just a Theory Press.

Persist Media


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