Italian Rhapsody

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


  • Timpani, m.142, beat 1: Add courtesy accidental to E natural (previous entrance was E-flat).
  • Timpani, m.240, beat 1: E natural should read E-flat.

Program Notes

Italian Rhapsody is a collection of Italian folk songs and a few operatic excerpts scored with Italian gusto! Solo clarinet opens this work with a certain Mafioso flair developing into a devious rendition of The Italian Wedding Song #2 (The Wedding Tarantella). Caderna, composed by A.D. Arcangelo, is presented in both an Italian street band and contemporary march style. Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme Quando m'en vo (Musetta's Waltz) makes an appearance as an accordion player serenading young lovers in the moonlight. The finale features Luigi Denza’s Funiculi! Funicula!, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Act II - Anvil Chorus) and Gioacchino Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Italian operatic and folk song musical quotes are interlaced throughout the work. See if you can find them all! Scored with an Italian passion for family and feasting, Italian Rhapsody is definitely one very spicy meatball!

- Program Note By composer

Commissioned by Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel (né Arnaldo Domenico Antonio Gabriele). Dedicated to Ferdinando and Filomena Gabriele, my loving parents.


State Ratings

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  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 8 March 2020
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Symphony Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 9 September 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) Symphonic Winds (Arnald Gabriel, conductor) - 25 January 2019 (GMEA In-Service Conference)
  • Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy Holton, conductor) - 29 June 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Jon Bowman, conductor) - 25 April 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Concert Band (Austin Hinkle, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Southern Indiana (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Jason Nam, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 20 April 2017
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Wind Symphony (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 5 March 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) – 24 March 2016
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  • Laird High School Honor Band (University of Alabama) (Sharon Laird, conductor) – 7 February 2016
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic Band (Bobby Francis, conductor) - 14 February 2015 (2015 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)

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