From Wind Repertory Project
David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

Subtitle: For Winds and Percussion

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bent Space Music through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts Rental ($300.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Almglocken
  • Bass Drum, small and large
  • Brake Drum
  • Crotales
  • Kick Drum, mounted
  • Lion's Roar
  • Mahler Hammer
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sizzle Cymbal, suspended
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam, large and small/medium
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone

Mahler Hammmer


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cyclotron was commissioned by Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator in which charged particles accelerate outwards from the center along a spiral path, using a static magnetic field and accelerated by a rapidly varying (radio frequency) electric field. Cyclotrons serve many purposes, including to create high-energy beams for nuclear physics experiments and in particle therapy to treat cancer. Nuclear physics research began at Michigan State University in 1958, and the National Superconducting Laboratory (NSCL) is one of the world’s flagship nuclear science research facilities. Hundreds of researchers come to MSU each year to take advantage of the NSCL facilities and explore the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe.

In this piece I use the cyclotron as a launching point for my creative process. I imagined a fictional and playful sonification of the cyclotron and of what happens to particles when they are smashed together at nearly half the speed of light. These violent nuclear collisions tend to cause strange things to happen, and, among other things, at MSU’s cyclotron, the experimental observations of these collisions have led to the discovery of completely new types of nuclei (isotopes). In fact, the infinitesimally small particles that make up atoms generally behave in bizarre—though not totally unexpected—ways (thanks to quantum physics) when compared to our understanding of the visible world. Among many peculiar subatomic phenomena, light particles called photons can behave both like particles and waves and particles can simultaneously be in two different places at once!

The music develops out of a small collection of motifs and gestures, which are layered and transformed over time to try to portray things like time dilation (accelerated particles experience slower time) through acceleration/deceleration and expansion/contraction, particle versus wave-like motion, cyclical and spiraling motion, the Doppler effect to convey speed and direction, and mechanical, machine-like sounds. It is my hope that, in some small way, this music captures the strange and mysterious beauty of the sub-atomic world and that it honors the work and research of the scientists at MSU and their extraordinary machine.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by and dedicated to my friend Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Thank you for bringing this music to life.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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