One Life Beautiful

From Wind Repertory Project
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


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  • Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival Orchestra (Fresno, Calif.) (John Carnahan, conductor) - 26 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Clovis (Calif) High School Wind Symphony (Esmeralda Rocha Lozano, conductor) - 24 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) -- 28 February 2023
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Vermilyea, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Honor Wind Symphony (Ricky Fleming, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Chicago Wind Symphony (Chicago, Ill.) (Michael McCain, conductor) - 7 January 2023
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Troy Davis, conductor) - 4 December 2022
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Young, conductor) - 16 November 2022
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla) Wind Symphony (David Samson, conductor) - 11 November 2022
  • National Concert Band of America (Alexandria, Va.) (Adrian Holton, conductor) - 23 October 2022
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  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Mb., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jacquie Dawson, conductor) - 14 October 2022
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) - 13 October 2022
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Concert Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 24 September 2022
  • 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
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