From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: Dedicated to all those affected by cancer.

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   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
E-flat Contra-Alto 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
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Always was composed and completed in January, 2019, in memory of Janet Brown Noble (1944-2017), a devoted mother, wife, teacher, professor, and "Mama to all," who left this earth on Friday, July 21, 2017, after a courageous 20-year battle with breast cancer. The work is dedicated to all those affected by cancer. The composer, the commissioning conductor, and several members of their respective families have been touched by cancer. In fact, Jason Noble, during the process of commissioning the work, was faced with a diagnosis of metastatic thyroid cancer in October, 2018 -- his second battle with cancer.

Of the work, composer Julie Giroux says

I wanted to create a work that fits a "slow" and reflective feel, but that only feels slow in the beginning and end. It is the metaphysical and cross dimension and connection we always have with those we love deeply. A loved one may be physically gone from this earth -- but we constantly feel them in our lives. And they with us, across time and space. We are connected forever, and we are never truly apart. Our journey with each other is forever.

The beginning of the work represents loss. The middle section of the work remembers movement and experiences and is flavored with Southern folk-like music representative of the life Janet Brown Noble lived growing up with modest means on a farm in Georgia. The end represents pure love and loss -- and an ultimate total spiritual connection. This piece is not based on religious beliefs, but on spiritual connections, and its eternal life here and beyond.

- Program Note by Julie Giroux and Jason Noble

In memory of Janet Brown Noble. Commissioned by the Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble, Scarsdale, New York and consortium

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Honors Performance Series Symphonic Band (Jason Noble, conductor) – 4 February 2023 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • New York University (New York, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jason Noble, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Jason Noble, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Columbia University (New York) Wind Ensemble (Jason Noble, conductor) – 25 March 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York) *Premiere Performance*
  • Scarsdale (N.Y.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jason Noble, conductor) – 21 February 2019 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

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