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Before the Sun

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $18.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Before the Sun is a descriptive piece about a large family who lives on a country farm. The piece focuses on all the emotional and physical events which happen before the sun rises and after it sets. The beginning of the piece opens with the ending hours of night. The first light from the farmhouse reflects off the morning dew. The family cats and dogs gather at the back door in anticipation of breakfast scraps and affections. Parents stand in their children’s bedroom doorways, enjoying watching them sleep, waiting just an extra minute before beginning the day. The buildup to sunrise begins. The piano solo depicts the silence of not just the family but of nature and the world itself, like one giant entity holding its breath in a moment of respect and awe waiting to experience the sunrise. The first rays of light commence and grows into the full glory of day with the sun’s theme. Daytime doesn’t last long and fades out, which begins the wind-down of the day. The lullaby represents children falling asleep and exhausted parents doing likewise. The piece ends with a recap of the sun’s theme as a promise of its return.

- Program Note from composer's prologue


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None discovered thus far.


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