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Ghost Apparatus

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David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe (div.)
Bassoon (div.)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
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
Bass Trombone (optional)
Tuba (div.)
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks (3)
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I find it interesting that many people have a proclivity toward using narratives to structure the way they listen to music. If a title or a program note does not immediately evoke a narrative, many will invent one to frame their listening experience. In some ways, video games, some more than others, also allow you to create your own narrative.

Ghost Apparatus -- a hidden network or force -- is the soundtrack for a video game that exists only in my head. The narrative for this game is up to you. From the beginning, every note, every decision has a consequence -- a cause and effect -- that sets in motion a chain of events that cannot be undone. Every note, every gesture is part of a larger puzzle; these single points of sound come together to form something bigger. It’s not apparent from the beginning, but there’s also a force working against the music, against the game. It comes in the form of a melody that emerges slowly -- just quick, dramatic swells at first -- gradually becoming longer and punctuated by low, loud pillars of sound from the low voices until, finally, the music melts into chaos and this force overtakes the music entirely.

- Program Note by composer

Commission by District 8 of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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