From Wind Repertory Project
David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00


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 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
Euphonium I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Large drum (large tom or surdo drum)
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


  • Bassoon I-II, m.38 beat 3-4: Missing fp marking
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.113,115,118,121: Should have F# (sounding)/G# written grace notes
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, m.38 beat 3-4: Missing fp marking
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.38 beat 3-4: Missing fp marking
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.38 beat 3-4: Missing fp marking
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV, m.141: Change horns to same rhythm as trumpets and trombone 1: quarter note on beat 1, rearticulate half note tied to dotted eighth
  • Trombone I-II-III, m.38 beat 3-4: Missing fp marking
  • Trombone II, m.123: Should be F#

Program Notes

Luminescence is based on fragments from the melody Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist (Rouse Thyself, My Weak Spirit), which was written by Johann Schop and subsequently harmonized in several settings by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is most commonly known as the Christian hymn Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light. It may enrich the overall musical experience, both for the ensemble and for the audience, to hear the original chorale before the piece is played.

- Program Note by composer

Luminescence was written for the 2009 WELS National Band Festival by Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces) Wind Symphony (Michael W. Mapp, conductor) – 29 February 2024 (CBDNA 2024 Southwestern Division Conference, Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Pennsylvania State University (State College) Symphonic Band (Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, conductor) - 4 October 2023
  • Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY) Wind Ensemble (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 26 September 2023
  • David Biedenbender All-Star Band (Kalamazoo, Mich.) (Scott Boerma, conductor) - 13 April 2023
  • Charlotte (N.C.) Youth Wind Ensemble (Hunter Kopczynski, conductor) - 15 February 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Honor Symphonic Band (Jake Wallace, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 25 October 2022
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 19 Oct 2022
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 24 September 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor) - 25 April 2022
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Concert Band (William L. Lake, Jr., conductor) - 6 April 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band A (Travis Higa, conductor) - 19 April 2021
  • University of Houston (Tx.) Symphonic Winds (Dana Pradervand, conductor) - 11 April 2021
  • Texas 5A Symphonic Band (Kevin Geraldi, conductor) - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 February 2020
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Tyler Ferrell, conductor) – 29 May 2019
  • NorthWinds Symphonic Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (John Bell, conductor) - 5 May 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Biedenbender website
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Luminescence." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 771-779. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.