Julie Giroux – Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” – Movement 1: Fuji-San (Performed by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble)

It’s spring break, so I didn’t have wind ensemble rehearsal tonight. If I had, we would have spent some time working on this wind symphony by Julie Giroux, which I’m going to share over the next few days (the best recording I could find of it on YouTube splits it up by movement). My favorite part of this movement is actually a part I don’t play. At 1:26, after all of the build-up in the horns, trumpets, and percussion, they fall away to let a beautiful melody from the trombones and baritones come through. I wish that I could play it too, but it still gives me chills just to listen to.

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