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David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Large drum (large tom or surdo drum)
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Luminescence is based on fragments from the melody Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist (Rouse Thyself, My Weak Spirit), which was written by Johann Schop and subsequently harmonized in several settings by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is most commonly known as the Christian hymn Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light. It may enrich the overall musical experience, both for the ensemble and for the audience, to hear the original chorale before the piece is played.

- Program Note by composer

Luminescence was written for the 2009 WELS National Band Festival by Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

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  • Texas 5A Symphonic Band (Kevin Geraldi, conductor) - 15 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 February 2020
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Tyler Ferrell, conductor) – 29 May 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Brian Britt, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric W. Bush, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl T. Rowles, conductor) - 17 April 2018
  • Hartt Wind Ensemble (Hartford, Conn.) (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) – 8 March 2018
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 19 February 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 4 December 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 15 November 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 13 October 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • David Biedenbender website.
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Luminescence." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 771-779. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.