Ghost Apparatus

Instrumentation: Band (grade 3)

Piccolo, 2 Flutes, Oboe, Bassoon, 3 B♭ Clarinets, B♭Bass Clarinet, B♭, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, 4 Percussion

Optional: Double Bass, E♭Contra Alto Clarinet, B♭Contrabass Clarinet

Duration: 6:30

Premiere: Thursday, December 14, 2017 :: East Lansing High School Wind Ensemble, David Larzelere, conductor  :: East Lansing High School :: East Lansing, MI

Purchasing: Murphy Music Press

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Program Note: Ghost Apparatus is the soundtrack for a video game that does not exist. Actually, it exists, but only in my head. 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, it takes over the music entirely.