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One Life Beautiful

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux


General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $14.00

Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-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
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

One Life Beautiful -- The title itself is a double-entendre which in one sense is referring to the person this work is dedicated to as in “one life” that was beautifully lived. The other sense is a direct observation concluding that having only one life is what makes life so sacred, tragic and so very precious. This is an impressionistic work musically describing that condition. Shakespeare’s “sweet sorrow,” the frailty and strength of life, the meaning of what it is to truly live One Life Beautiful.

- Program Note by publisher


The main theme, beautiful yet sad, seems to ebb and flow within the slow tempo of the piece. Although there is an abundance of agogic and dynamic markings throughout the piece, Giroux stresses that the work could be performed in a myriad of ways and encourages performers to play it with their “own heart, mind, and musicality at the helm."

- Program Note for the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra concert program, 23 December 2017


One Life Beautiful was written in memory of Heather Cramer Reu for her “one life beautiful” that brought so much love and joy to our lives. The piece was commissioned by Ray and Molly Cramer, husband Phillip Reu and children, and brother Jeremy, his wife, Michelle, and children.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI


Performances

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  • California State University, Fullerton, Symphonic Winds (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Grinnell (Iowa) College Symphonic Band (Joshua W. Neuenschwander, conductor) - 24 November 2019
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Ray Cramer, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Westchester (N.Y.) Symphonic Winds (Curt Ebersole, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Whippany, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 19 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • New Hammer Band (Stockton, Calif.) (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 8 September 2019
  • Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) Civic Wind Band (Linda Moorhouse, conductor) - 29 June 2019
  • Manhattan Wind Ensemble (New York) (Sarah Fernández, conductor) – 23 May 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble (Ray E. Cramer, conductor) – 9 May 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Symphonic Band (Nathaniel H. Dickey, conductor) – 19 February 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Giroux. J. (2010). One Life Beautiful [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Golemo, Michael. "One Life Beautiful." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 667-673. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.