Vortex (Giroux)

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

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General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

One of the most challenging tasks when composing or orchestrating for a film are chase scenes. Fast tempos, fast notes, horrid scene cuts, and some chases run for what seems like forever making the notes and pages stack up. Some people groan when they see a music cue list from the music editor full of chase scenes. Some get excited. I am the latter. I LOVE scoring chase scenes. It is always a challenge to keep the excitement up and some scene cuts can really push your imagination. The scene is rolling along, a really nice car chase, gun play, pedestrian near misses. SCENE CUT. Guard shack, security guard eating a ham sandwich while watching a basketball game. SCENE CUT. A disheveled older man in a basement making a sophisticated bomb. SCENE CUT. Back to the car chase and 2 and a half more minutes of seat gripping stunts. SCENE CUT. A romantic love scene, candlelight, the love interest. SCENE CUT. You get the idea.

I have always wanted to compose a chase scene piece without the video footage, and Vortex is it. The piece is seven minutes full of cut scenes, intrigue, the love interest, car chases and of course the hero triumphs at the end. The best part is every instrument is involved. Nobody escapes the Vortex!

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Colorado Mesa University Wind Symphony Calvin Hofer, conductor, with the generous support of Karen Combs.


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State Ratings

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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 15 February 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 24 March 2016

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