Fantasy in French

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $110.00  |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fantasy in French is a musical collage comprised of several well-known works by French composers. The first task in a project of this nature is to choose which pieces one is going to use. Sometimes one selects works for their contrast to one other and how, together, they will provide good variety, flow and drive. In this case, Julie Giroux identified works that were technically and emotionally similar. Her ultimate goal was to take the five compositions listed below, mix them together, and present a piece that would sound like it was co-written by Saint-Saëns, Satie and Debussy.

The Fantasy in French begins with just such a musical portmanteau, presenting Debussy’s Syrinx melody on top of the chord progression from Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1, before slowly melting into the original opening phrases of Debussy’s Clair de Lune. In measure 28, we get a strong presentation of the Gymnopedie chord structure and melody, which serves as a counter-melody to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Measure 37 finds the listener tossed back and forth from Clair de Lune to Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony. In measure 51, Clair de Lune is replaced with Saint-Saëns’ Aquarium. The piece ends with Clair de Lune by itself.

Camille Saint-Saëns - Carnival of the Animals, VII. Aquarium
Camille Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony”
Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
Claude Debussy - Suite bergamasque, L. 75, III. Clair de Lune
Claude Debussy - Syrinx, L. 129


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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