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Paprikash

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $145.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
Solo Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb 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 I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The altered Phrygian Dominant Scale (altered by raising the 3rd scale degree in the Phrygian mode) is one of my favorite scale/modes to compose in. Also known as the Freygish or Fraigish scale, this fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale is used in many forms and nationalities of music. We hear this most often with Jewish, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Flamenco and some forms of Russian music. When using this scale it is almost impossible to sound like anything other than the aforementioned types of music. I like all of those types of music, so composing in this mode is nothing but fun. With this particular piece, I decided to go with a Jewish, Greek, Hungarian and overall Slavic flavor.

Growing up, I played all of the Hungarian rhapsodies on the piano. I found them energetic, fascinating and most of all passionate. I did not want to put this piece into a specific ethnic category, so I went with the title Paprikash referring to the chicken dish which uses lots and lots of paprika. It is a dish that is prepared and enjoyed by most if not all of the countries whose musical styles I was going to compose in. I like to think of this piece as my own personal recipe combined with lots and lots of Freygish paprika.

- Program Note by composer


Composed for the Saitama Sakae Wind Orchestra, Japan.


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Giroux, J. (2014). Paprikash: For Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Julie Giroux's Concert Band Music Site
  • [musicapropria.com/musicpages/listen/paprikash_scr_play.html Perusal score]