What Goes in the Night

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A multitude of colors present themselves in What Goes in the Night, a both entertaining and challenging piece. The opportunity for expression is coupled with rhythmic intensity as the composer sets the stage with a somber, pulsating beginning, followed by an ever-intensifying pace to an exciting climax. Percussion enjoys an important role in adding subtlety to some passages and strength to others. Particular attention to the staccato of dotted eighth/sixteenth figures will help make that recurring motif speak clearly and add to the tension.

Under the cover of darkness, life goes on.
Sleep, work, passion, mischief, murder and mayhem.
Actually, the same things that go on during the day.
Yet, wrapped in a blanket of mystery and shadows
there is a certain power, a secretive nature that blurs the lines
between what is and what isn’t.
A trivial problem in the daytime becomes a tragic epic at night.
Love, seems more personal, almost magical. Work . . . endless.
Trouble has a cloak and Danger lurks behind every shadow.
Beauty. The moon and the stars.
Casting their light, hope and a promise of what could be.
A new day will come. Eventually.
But first, we must all deal with the night.

These notes, as well as the music, were written under the cover of darkness. While creating them both, I heard many "bumps" in the night. I investigated most of them. All but three made it into the music.

- Program Note by composer

Composed for the Quail Valley Middle School Honors Band, Missouri City, Texas, Greg Countryman, Director, The 54th Annual Midwest Clinic, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • Giroux, J. (2000). What Goes in the Night: Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Julie Giroux website Accessed 10 July 2021