Justin Giarrusso

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Justin Giarrusso (b. 1991) is a composer of contemporary classical music that appeals to diverse audiences, having written in chamber, choral, and orchestral genres. His music is characterized by an espousal of light textures and is driven by formal structure. The subject of Giarrusso’s works range from programmatic depictions of natural phenomena to purely musical explorations within a sound world.

Recently, The Deep was premiered by the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra and the 'Manhattan' movement of Five Boroughs, One City was premiered by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in New York City. Justin has been a winner of the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s New Music for New York Composition Competition, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra's First Annual Young Composers’ Forum Composition Competition; and a finalist for the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

For more information, visit www.JustinGiarrusso.com.


Dess(o)us Paris: II. La cathédrale au-dessus
for viola and chamber orchestra (1*111/1110/t+2/hs)

Les Catacombes and Notre Dame de Paris: two places that hold my most vivid memories of Paris, but these two places are also inextricably related. Notre Dame de Paris was built from limestone extracted from mines beneath Paris–mines that eventually became the ossuaries known today as the Catacombes. In depleting stone from the ground, cavernous and cathedral- like spaces were created beneath Paris while a cathedral rose toward the heavens on the Île de la Cité. In a way, two cathedrals were built: one a negative image of the other above. Dess(o)us Paris captures the duality of these opposite cathedrals, with the first movement relating to the Catacombes, and the second to Notre Dame de Paris.