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Opa!

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Instrumentation

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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals, stacked
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Sleigh Bells, small
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine, metal
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This work opens with an original Greek prayer setting and ends with a lively dance based on the Greek song Karaguna. It starts out somber and dissonant with musical counterpoint full of many tension-and-release moments. The listener is then transported to a dance setting which start outs slowly featuring a lengthy alto saxophone solo. The music gradually increases in excitement and tempo, ending in a frenetic explosion best described as a love of life the people of Greece continuously display in their food, reveling and music.

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by the North Hills High School Bands, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Len Lavelle, director, in memory of Areta Kalogeras who was the North Hills Band Director from 1975 through 2008.

- Program Note from score


"Opa!" (Greek: Ώπα) is a common Greek emotional expression. It is frequently used during celebrations such as weddings or traditional dancing. In Greek culture, the expression sometimes accompanies purposeful or accidental plate smashing. It can also be used to express shock or surprise, especially when having just made a mistake.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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