K2 (Giroux)

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: The Savage Mountain

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:40
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 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
  • Concert Toms
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Egg Shaker
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Timbales
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

K2, also known as "The Savage Mountain," sits on the border between Pakistan and China. It is the second highest peak in the world, with a peak elevation of 8,611m (28,251 feet) and carries with it the second highest fatality rate of 27%. For every four people who attempt its climb, one will die. It has never been climbed in winter.

K2 is massive, beautiful, and literally can take your breath away. It calls to mountain climbers around the world with the song of a deadly siren. Most heed its warning, but a few will not be thwarted. Seventy-three percent WILL make it to the very top and will come down changed forever.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Eastern District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Jason Barclift, President, Russell W. Knight, Commissioning Chair.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Tennessee: IV


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  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) - 22 May 2022
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Symphonic Band (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) - 25 April 2022
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Ryan Ham, conductor) 20 April 2018

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