Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, this piece was specifically composed for LSU trumpet major, Hollyn Slykhuis who commissioned several pieces by female composers a part of her final Honor’s College project at Louisiana State University. Several of my composition students wrote for her recital. Hollyn is a double major in music education and trumpet performance and is a part of the high achieving Ogden Honor’s College.
I took the quote by women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) to heart:
“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to have the world. I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled, the more I gain.”
Words to live by. I can only hope to accomplish as much as she.
This short etude is about the gradual move from the most muted sound to the least using Hollyn’s specific technical expertise.
Switching mutes should never feel rushed. Take as much time as you need.
Duration: approximately 3 minutes