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Shine (Giroux)

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

This work was originally entitled Moonshine.

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


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 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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibra-slap
  • Washboard
  • Wood Log
  • Xylophones


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shine (2017) is a programmatic work that centers around the Prohibition era. Backwood stills and liquor-running jalopies are a part of our American heritage. Many a legitimate distillery has a history in bootlegging, and NASCAR of course was born out of moonshine running souped-up cars. America is a country of immigrants, and every immigrant who comes here brings their music and instruments with them. What we call bluegrass music today represents that Irish and Scottish folk music “sound.” The folk music of the American hill people, the Appalachians, Smoky Mountains stretching from the south to the north, gave birth to not only our bluegrass but to several instruments as well. Banjos, fiddles, dulcimers, autoharps, jaw or jews harp, the jug, mandolins, guitars, and several other instruments became our folk instruments; some instruments that existed before, some we invented. There is only one problem ... none of those instruments are normal instrumentation for symphonic bands.

I wanted to capture the imagination of an audience with as much bluegrass flavor as I could without having to score for the actual instruments. Double reeds, muted brass, combinations of low winds with other instruments all captured a lot of that visceral essence. Using washboards and special mallets in the percussion helped too. The sixteenth notes followed by dotted-eighth rhythms and vice versa so prevalent in Scottish and Irish music is also the backbone of bluegrass music.

Moonshine is a big part of our country’s past and many today still earn a living making and selling legal and illegal white lightning. I will admit I sampled many different types and flavors of moonshine while I was composing this work. Some I bought in a store, some, well, not exactly. My opinion of moonshine has not changed. I still don’t care for it. When I close my eyes and listen to Shine I can see those stills far back in the woods, hear those tires spinning out in gravel as they tear down country roads, and I can feel the burn of moonshine not just down my throat but in my soul. I hope as you listen to this back road American heartbeat, you can see it, live it too.

- Program Note by composer

This composition was made possible through the generous grant of the Savannah Orchestral Music Fund, Savannah, Georgia, USA.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Christopher Brandt, conductor) – 6 December 2018
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  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 10 October 2018
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