Celestial Seas

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   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
  • Cabasa
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Marching Snare Drum
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Celestial Seas is a musical story covering the next 5 billion years as it pertains to our galaxy, the Milky Way and its eventual collision with the Andromeda Galaxy.

Celestial Seas opens up with humans represented by three notes which make up a six-note melody. Those three notes are the building blocks for the entire work which takes us from now to the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies and beyond. Extreme dynamic contrasts, crescendos and decrescendos, the constant changing of chords and tempos and the continuous variations of the original melody are all musical attempts to keep us constantly sailing chronologically and physically on celestial seas.

Commissioned by the Missouri Bandmasters Association for the 39th Anniversary of the Missouri All-State Band Premiered at the 77th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference January 31, 2015.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Band and Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 1 October 2023
  • Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic (Matthew Mailman, conductor) - 1 March 2022
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's) Wind Ensemble (Bill Brennan, conductor) - 29 November 2021

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