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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 11:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $135.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
Solo Piano
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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A. Pete Giroux, my father, died in 1988 at the age of 51. My mother Jeannie was 47, my brother Peter was 25, and I was 27. We were all too young. A few days later, I sank into a serious depression, locked myself in the house and composed for four days and three nights without stopping for food or sleep. The result was my 2nd Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in four movements, which was 45 minutes in length. It was my tribute and goodbye for him filled with anger, denial, love and grief.

In the years that followed, I would occasionally play the piano part; however even just hearing it was emotionally overwhelming. Now 20 years later, I have been able to view and work with the piece, scoring a small portion of it (mostly from the 1st movement) for concert band with some new material added.

My father was stationed for a short time in Spain while in the United States Air Force, and he always talked about how much he loved it there, especially the music, which is why this piece is Spanish in nature.

Near the end of the work, in the cadenza, the piano finally plays the true melody, the theme which the entire work is based on, for the first and only time. It musically states, "I miss you, and I love you."

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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