From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: An Odyssey for Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00;  |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Shaker (small)
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Outlander is a musical odyssey which explores emotions and states in the extreme: fear, total isolation, violence, pain, hope, relief and in the end, tears of joy. Full of textures and dynamic contrasts, this work is extremely descriptive with the help of extensive melodic percussion and piano parts. The percussion and piano pads create a wonderful pallet which at times is dark and foreboding, even primal. Other times it helps creates a melodic texture that is sadly beautiful. Outlander explores what it is to be both human and alien with an orchestration and form that is totally free style.

This work reflects the futuristic musical journey of a young heroine named Nanami who has recently graduated from the Space Academy. Her first mission into space turns into a catastrophic event forcing everyone on the ship to abandon via personal escape pods. Nanami unfortunately gets sucked into a worm hole and comes out millions of miles away from home.

Low on fuel and supplies, Nanami lands on a planet with oxygen- and carbon-based life forms where she is an alien, captured and treated with hostility at best. Her only saving grace? On this planet, all of the creatures can hear her thoughts and she can hear theirs. The dominant race of this planet does not share this gift. Nanami uses this talent to her advantage and with the help of these creatures escapes, flies back through the worm hole and returns safely to Earth.

- Program Note by composer

Composed for the Seiko Girls High School Band, Fukuoka City, Japan, Yoshihisa Fujishige, Conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Giroux, J. (2010). Outlander: An Odyssey for Wind Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021