From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Carnaval! (2013) is a vivid depiction of the excitement and energy of a Latin street carnaval. During the carnaval season, an annual festival held prior to Lent, cultures all over the world celebrate with parades and street parties that feature floats, dancers, vendors, and street performers.

Giroux captures the activity and busyness of the carnaval with a persistent rhythmic motor that travels through various timbres of the ensemble including many Latin percussion instruments. The ‘A’ section of the piece serves as an introduction to some of the motives or main characters. Utilizing vibrant orchestration and styling, each motive evokes images of brightly colored dancers dressed in lavish costumes. As the parade continues, the listener hears the characters interact with one another, and the excitement builds as the tonal center starts to wander. The ‘B’ section becomes more homorhythmic and harmonious as if the crowd and the performers join together in singing. Attention is suddenly diverted as the next group of dancers come through, interjecting quick flashes of color, forming the development section. The development leads into a contrasting ‘C’ section that has a free and majestic texture, possibly illustrating the passing by of an enormous parade float. Familiar motives from the beginning return with slight variations, followed by a brief coda. As the music accelerates, the rush of excitement and energy overloads the senses and brings the piece to a close.

Carnaval! was premiered by the University of North Texas Symphonic Band conducted by Dennis W. Fisher on September 24th, 2013.

- Program Note by Justin White for Musica Propria


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Giroux, J. [2013]. Carnaval!: For Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021
  • White, Phillip Justin. "Carnaval!." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 715-720. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.