As Long As We Live (Allons! Allons!) —2024

An SATB arrangement and orchestration of the third movement of Open Road, originally commissioned by The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. This new version was arranged for the 2024 Philadelphia Orchestra’s Pride Concert at the Kimmel Center.

Texts

III. As Long As We Live (Allons! Allons!)

Allons! through struggles and wars!
Have the past struggles succeeded?
What has succeeded? yourself? your nation? Nature?
Now understand me well—it is provided in the essence of things
that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall
come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.
My call is the call of the battle
He going with me must go well arm’d,
He going with me goes often with spare diet, poverty, angry
enemies, desertions.
Allons! the road is before us!
My friend, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

From Walt Whitman’s SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD