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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
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
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


Errata

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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Ohio: OMEA Junior High School Band C


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 70.5 (2015): 47. Print