Dream of Ember, Dream of Star

From Wind Repertory Project
David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

The title of this work is intentionally written in lower case: dream of ember, dream of star.

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: bent space music, through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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
String Bass (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum (concert) (optional)
  • Crotales(optional)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree (or Key Chimes)
  • Sizzle Cymbal (optional)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam (large; optional)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It felt like it took a long time to write dream of ember, dream of star. I first started work on it in 2019, but as the 2020 premiere approached, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the premiere, and I stepped away from writing for a while. It was rescheduled for 2021 and then canceled again, and I found myself in the strange position of having unfinished material that I had written in what felt like a lifetime ago. Each piece I write is a snapshot of who I am and what I am feeling at that particular moment in my life, and so many things had happened in those long months that I felt different, changed. I found that I could not finish the piece I had started writing almost two years earlier. I restarted.

dream of ember, dream of star is not what I set out to write two years ago, and it comes from a place emotionally that I do not know how to adequately describe with words. There has been so much fear, so much loss, so much change, so much division, so many different challenges and experiences -- for some I imagine it must seem like an entire lifetime’s worth of loss has been compressed into relatively a short time span. But this experience has also brought some things into clearer focus -- a nascent hope and joy emerging from the pause -- the silence --helping us to discover what is truly important. My hope is that this piece might create a space to reflect. For me, I have been drawn to a recurring image of fire and stars -- the warm glow of a campfire under a cold, deep blue sky and twinkling stars -- both emanating light but separated by billions of miles and many years, felt and warm and visible to me right here and now.

- Program Note by composer

I am profoundly grateful to my friends Viet Cuong, Arris Golden, and my wife Angela for their invaluable support, keen insights, and critical ears during the creation of this piece and to my sons, Izaak and Declan, for reminding me of what’s truly important. This music could not exist without them

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Rose Craig Tyler, conductor) - 23 October 2023
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) - 5 October 2023
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) - 18 November 2022
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) - 16 November 2022
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Dietz Alumni Band (Shannon Shaker, conductor) - 9 October 2022
  • District #308 Jr. High Instrumental Music Honor Band (Oswego, Ill.) (Rachel Maxwell, conductor) – 23 April 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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