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In My Father's Eyes

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: For Voices, Solo Cello and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Piccolo Trumpet
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
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Addie Mae Collins
Cynthia Wesley
Carole Robertson
Carol Denise McNair

Four little girls who lost their lives in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Twenty-three other people were also injured in the blast. The bombing was an act of racial terrorism. The church was also a gathering place for Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth, all leaders of the equality movement. We remember and honor all of you. We have made strides but not enough. We will praise your lives with instrument and voice. We shall cry again, tears for you, for your family and for the senseless violence that silenced your voices. You were perfect. You were loved. You are missed. Hallelujah.

The composer, Julie Giroux, writes:

“I don’t mind saying I am afraid to hear this performed. I said their names, I cried for them, wept for them as I composed. I channeled as much sorrow and beauty as I could into every note and phrase. I left nothing on the table. Even so, it is not enough, will never be enough. Four little girls lost their lives in unimaginable violence. We can only pray that our efforts are found worthy by the surviving family members, that we are found enlightened by their sacrifice, that we can come together as brothers and sisters in a mutual gift of healing through music.”

In My Father’s Eyes, for voices, solo cello and wind band, is composed for the Alabama Winds, Randall Coleman, conductor, for the ensemble’s performance at the 2017 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

- Program Note from The Alabama Winds concert program, 20 December 2017


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None discovered thus far.


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