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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - unknown


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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

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • 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*

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