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One Life Beautiful

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $14.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-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
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One Life Beautiful -- The title itself is a double-entendre which in one sense is referring to the person this work is dedicated to as in “one life” that was beautifully lived. The other sense is a direct observation concluding that having only one life is what makes life so sacred, tragic and so very precious. This is an impressionistic work musically describing that condition. Shakespeare’s “sweet sorrow,” the frailty and strength of life, the meaning of what it is to truly live One Life Beautiful.

- Program Note from publisher

The main theme, beautiful yet sad, seems to ebb and flow within the slow tempo of the piece. Although there is an abundance of agogic and dynamic markings throughout the piece, Giroux stresses that the work could be performed in a myriad of ways and encourages performers to play it with their “own heart, mind, and musicality at the helm."

- Program Note for the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra concert program, 23 December 2017

One Life Beautiful was written in memory of Heather Cramer Reu for her “one life beautiful” that brought so much love and joy to our lives. The piece was commissioned by Ray and Molly Cramer, husband Phillip Reu and children, and brother Jeremy, his wife, Michelle, and children.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Musicfest Canada: B400


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Dorian Summer Camp High School Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 25 June 2022
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Jay Jacobs, conductor) – 24 February 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Southern Conference, Columbia, S.C.)
  • The Naperville (Ill.) Winds (Sean Kelley, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) - 20 February 2022
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tyler Long, conductor) - 3 October 2021
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) - 15 December 2020
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott Tobias, conductor) - 12 November 2020
  • California State University, Fullerton, Wind Symphony (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Fagin, conductor) - 12 December 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) (Robert Belser, conductor) – 13 February 2020
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen K. Gage, conductor) – 29 January 2020
  • Grinnell (Iowa) College Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 24 November 2019
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Ray Cramer, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Westchester (N.Y.) Symphonic Winds (Curt Ebersole, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Whippany, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 19 October 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Symphonic Band (Steven Zugelder, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Wind Ensemble (Ray E. Cramer, conductor) – March 2, 2011 (ABA 2011 Annual Convention (Norfolk, Virginia))

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Giroux. J. (2010). One Life Beautiful [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Golemo, Michael. "One Life Beautiful." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 667-673. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021