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Vigils Keep

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux


Subtitle: Inspired by Sacred Harp #457 'Wayfaring Stranger'


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 10:11
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Rainstick
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Inspired by Sacred Harp #457, Vigils Keep is a powerful work, resplendent with tonal colors.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by Auburn University Bands, Auburn, Alabama, Johnnie B. Vinson, Director of Bands

- Program Note from score


Vigils Keep is not a theme and variation based on Wayfaring Stranger, nor is it a collection of Sacred Harp Songs. It is an original celebration of Southern life and tradition, a tradition of generations steeped in hard physical work, tests of the human spirit and for many, black and white alike, poverty. The melody of Wayfaring Stranger spiritually weaves through Vigils Keep like faith has woven through Southern history, holding everything together. All the rest of the notes are inspired by stories, family, the Southern way of life, and its music. It is my attempt at drawing a musical picture of the South, both in days past and now. Vigils Keep will take you on a journey through the South where sometimes... just to endure life, is an accomplishment.

- Program Note from liner notes for CD "The Music of Julie Giroux," UTEP Wind Symphony, Ron Hufsteder, conductor


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Iowa: V
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Michigan: Senior High AA


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Giroux, J. (2005). Vigils Keep : Inspired by Sacred Harp #457 "Wayfaring Stranger" : For Concert Band [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex