Ghost Tale

From Wind Repertory Project
Score Cover

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (4.3 octaves)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: medium and large)
  • Tam-tam (very large)
  • Tom-toms (2: small and medium)
  • Triangles (2: medium and large)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The classic ghost stories most of us know today have their roots in the Victorian Age, but they have existed since the dawn of recorded history, from ancient Rome, from Greece, and from Egypt.

Ghost Tale opens with a mischievous melody sounding in the low winds, followed by a more suspenseful episode; but it is the third section -- a set of five variations on a repeated phrase of eight dark chords -- that most vividly expresses the unease of a ghostly presence. Beginning quietly, this section slowly builds in intensity, finally exploding into a huge climax. Just as it seems the mood cannot get any more foreboding, the playful little melody that began the piece returns, reminding the listener not to take this, or any ghost tale too seriously.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun Popp, conductor) - 12 March 2023

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  • Perusal score
  • Ticheli, F. (2020). Ghost Tale: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.