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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

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General Info

Year: 2023
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria?
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The expression "godspeed" came into practice in the 1300s. Godspede me and Godspeed thee meaning that God give you success, prosperity or good fortune on your journeys. In modern times many still use this phrase even though the definition of speed has changed quite a bit since the 1300s. In those times speed refers more to class, station and level of success, unlike today where it literally means how fast something is going. Things didn't go faster than a horse or arrow back then. Today, when we say "godspeed" we may mean you quickly go on your journey and go all the places you want to go. We also use it in modern times as a way to wish those who have passed to get to heaven or whatever place one believes in instantaneously, and that is everything you ever wanted the afterlife to be.

I chose Godspeed as the title because Jim Cole is retiring in a few short months. We have been friends for many years, and though I wish he would be a band director forever ,it isn't going to happen I think that would probably be a fate worse than it sounds. Yes, I wish John godspeed on his next life adventures and hope he has the best times of his life during his next phase of life.

I also chose the title because I have had to wish one of my companions godspeed, Chauncey, a funny and feisty little boy, who loved us unconditionally while he was here. Kay and I rescued him as a senior, and we're lucky to have in five years. He was such a beautiful creature, knowing Chancey forever wouldn't have been long enough. Godspeed, Chauncey; godspeed, Jim; I love you both.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by Jennifer, Katie and Morgan Kull in honor of Jim Kull's contributions to music and music education.

- Program Note from score


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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