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Ghosts of the Lost Ship

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Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: I 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Ship's Bell
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This composition tells the story of 17th century buccaneer warfare in the Caribbean Sea. A freely conducted, cued opening section, featuring wind chimes, knee patting, a ship bell, orchestra bells, and the shaking of home-made rattles represents the sounds of a buccaneer ship as it sails to combat in a dangerous rainstorm. A quiet, ominous section represents the ship gliding undetected into enemy territory. A faster, determined section with driving rhythms in the percussion begins softly and builds in volume and rhythmic intensity as the ship races toward the enemy and engages in battle, ultimately making its way to land as the buccaneers invade a Spanish town and engage in chaotic sword combat. As the buccaneers regroup and take flight, a powerful ending section brings the work to a dramatic conclusion, leaving listeners to contemplate whether they escaped unharmed, and if their ghosts haunt the seas to this day.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commissioned by the Simmons Middle School Bands, Hoover, Alabama; Valerie Womack Morgan, Director

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA Junior High School Band C


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  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.5 (2015): 47. Print.
  • Tyler Grant website Accessed 11 September 2020