Beyond the Gates

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Taiko Drums (2)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Beyond the Gates, while programmatic, does not tell an exact or specific story. The music portrays what I, as the composer, imagined could be on the other side of that gated wall. Walls are meant to keep things in, or out. In this case, they are meant to keep things out that are very dangerous, deadly, or perhaps even evil. I am not going to describe exactly what I was imagining because they are my own demons, and by leaving that detail out of the program notes, I hope to encourage the audience and listeners to imagine their own demons. So go ahead, conjure up your worst because I promise you, I depicted it with music.

The original ending was deleted and rewritten at the request of Paula Crider, who will also conduct the premiere of this work. Paula wanted some hope. She wanted there to be hope on the other side of that wall, at the end. I deleted my ending which was dark, short and captured an untimely death. Now, thanks to Paula, there is hope on the other side of that wall; there is an ending to this work which leaves us alive and safe from peril. She was right. The piece is better with this ending. It also goes to the point I am always trying to make which is, just because I am the composer, it doesn't mean I am always right about my own music.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 6 Band Directors, dedicated to our students who have stood strong through challenging times and keep music part of their lives. Premiered during the PMEA 6 Band Festival at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in Hollidaysburg, PA, January 2022, Paula Crider, conductor.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nampa (Id.) High School Wind Ensemble (Phillip Hoesing, conductor) - 9 May 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) High School Honor Band (John Leonard, conductor) - 29 January 2023
  • Creek Valley (Carrollton, Tx.) Honor Winds (Kim Cooley, conductor) - 20 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 6 Band (Hollidaysburg) (Paula Crider, conductor) – January 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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