From Wind Repertory Project
James Hosay

James Hosay

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $89.00   |   Score Only (print) - $17.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Persis (Greek for Persia) is a fantasy overture, which tells the story of a modern-day American man who travels back through time to the ancient Persian city of Persepolis. He begins a wild and wonderful adventure as he is suddenly surrounded by magnificent architecture, grand marble statues, and beautiful works of art in one of the earliest known cultured civilizations. Then, he turns and sees a beautiful Persian woman in a flower-laden courtyard. She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life, and he is completely captivated by her. He carefully approaches her, and miraculously, she recognizes him as someone she had known before in another place and time. They embrace and share a brief, blissful moment together. But his presence in the royal courtyard is forbidden and he finds himself being chased by armed warriors. As he runs frantically through the corridors of the city, he reflects sadly on the romance that might have been.

- Program Note by Gold Coast Wind Ensemble

To my dear friend Melody Ghaffari.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • South Carolina: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) (James Osborn, conductor) - 12 November 2023
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Beckett, conductor) - 26 February 2023
  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, Calif.) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (A. Douglas Whitten, conductor) – 20 February 2020
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) – 10 April 2019
  • University of Ottawa (Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Gress, conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • Honolulu (Hi.) Wind Ensemble (Keith Higaki, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • Orchestra Collective (Singapore) (Yibin Seow, conductor) – 25 September 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hosay, J. (2000). Persis [score]. Curnow Music Press: Wilmore, Ky.