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DAVID BIEDENBENDER

CIPHER

for band

BENT SPACE MUSIC


Cipher was commissioned by Samuel Fritz, Center Grove Middle School Central Bands

and

Ashley Carney, Zionsville Middle School Orchestras

Published by Bent Space Music:

www.davidbiedenbender.com

Contact the Composer:

davidbiedenbender@gmail.com

© Copyright 2019 by David Biedenbender

International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.

Printed August 2019.


INSTRUMENTATION

Flute 1,2

Oboe

Bassoon

Bb Clarinet 1,2

Bb Bass Clarinet

Eb Alto Saxophone

Bb Tenor Saxophone

Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1,2

F Horn

Trombone

Euphonium (B.C. or T.C.)

Tuba

Timpani [2 drums]

Percussion 1–4

Percussion List:

Percussion Player 1

Xylophone

Triangle

Percussion Player 2

Marimba [4-octave] or Vibraphone

Percussion Player 3

Suspended Cymbal

Rainstick (optional)

Percussion Player 4

Egg Shaker

Large (concert) Bass Drum

Transposed Score

Duration: ca. 1:50


PROGRAM NOTES

A cipher is an algorithm for performing encryption or decryption—a series of well-defined steps that can be

followed as a procedure. This piece is in a compound meter called 6/8, which divides each beat or pulse into

three parts, with each measure containing two beats. The “cipher” in this piece is a palindromic rhythm—a

rhythm that can be played the exact same forward and backward—which is passed around the ensemble.

Palindromes are also commonly found in words and literature (racecar, madam, and others) as well as in

mathematics and science (for example, some DNA is palindromic). The groovy interplay of the cipher rhythm

with other rhythms combines with dark and moody harmonies and continually rising melodic lines that build

over and over, climbing higher each time, like attempts at trying to crack the secret encrypted code.

PERFORMANCE/TEACHING NOTES

Untitled Project 1

This piece explores through a variety of common rhythms in compound meter (see below). The idea behind

the title, Cipher, is that, with the exception of the first rhythm—simple


Transposed

Score

Flute

Oboe

Bassoon

1

2

Bb Clarinet 1 2

B♭ Bass

Clarinet

E♭ Alto

Saxophone

B♭ Tenor

Saxophone

E♭ Baritone

Saxophone

1

Bb Trumpet 2

F Horn

Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

Timpani

Xylophone

Marimba

(or Vibraphone)

Rainstick

(optional)

Shaker


= 72


























= 72

= 72

6 8

6 8

6 8

6 8

commissioned by Samuel Fritz, Center Grove Middle School Central Bands

and Ashley Carney, Zionsville Middle School Orchestras

CIPHER

[initial tuning: Bb,D]

for band

David Biedenbender




1.

steady, precise



light, bouncy



steady, precise


light, bouncy


(all low Bn optional )



steady, precise







steady, precise


steady, precise


(hard mallets)



light, bouncy









sim.


steady

1 2 3 4 5 6

©2019 David Biedenbender (ASCAP) and Bent Space Music (ASCAP).

All Rights Reserved.

www.davidbiedenbender.com


2

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

1

2





9

1,2







Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Rain.

Shak.

1

2

1

2




























+2.







Sus. Cym.



To Sus. Cym.




















ominous








9


1.



ominous








9











(medium/dark mallets)






















7 8 9 10 11 12


CIPHER

3

Fl.

Ob.

1

2
























15









































Bsn



Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.

1

2

1

2































ominous



ominous





ominous


15









ominous





ominous





ominous







(opt. lower voice)













15
























13 14 15 16 17 18

1.

2.


4

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

1

2
























21



Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

1

2










legato



2. 1.


legato









sub.

sub.



























Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

1

2










21



legato

2.



1.

legato



sub.










sub.

sub.



















Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.







(opt. lower voice)



21


















19 20 21 22 23 24


Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.

1

2

1

2

1

2


























29

5




cresc.


sub.

cresc.



cresc.

sub. cresc.












cresc.

sub. cresc.





cresc.



sub.











29

cresc.



cresc.


sub.
















[Bb→A]


CIPHER

29




cresc.















25 26 27 28 29 30


6

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.

1

2

1

2

1

2


























div.

div.




(opt.


through m. 45)












cresc.





cresc.




















cresc.













unis.









cresc.






























cresc.


unis.








cresc.


div.




unis.























cresc.





cresc.








31 32 33 34 35 36


Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.

1

2

1

2

1

2


38









intense (


)




intense ( )








( )









( )




( )







intense

( )





( )





38


( )








intense ( )







( )

div.







(

)





( )

















( )






( )

38

Tri.


To Tri.





intense


intense ( )


To Rain.







37

To B. Dr.

CIPHER

B. Dr.



38 39 40 41 42

div.









7


8

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Tri.

1

2

1

2

1

2

46

















dark

( )






( )


dark














( )




dark




( )

46








( )







( )






dark

( )








dark

( )






( )

46 To Xyl.







Mar.

Rain.

B. Dr.










( )

43 44 45 46 47



Rain.


Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

1

2

1

2

1

2





















dark




( )

( )










( ) dark





( ) dark













( ) ( )





( ) dark


unis.



dark

CIPHER




















9

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Rain.

B. Dr.



















Sus. Cym.


To Sus. Cym.







48 49 50 51 52 53


10

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

B. Dr.

1

2

1

2

1

2

54












1. 1.

2.









1,2






















54






1.




( )





2.
















54

Xyl.















To Shak.






54 55 56 57 58


Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

Shak.

1

2

1

2

1

2


























CIPHER





62

11






































62
















div.













62













To B. Dr.


59 60 61 62


12

CIPHER

Fl.

Ob.

Bsn

Cl.

Bs.

Cl.

A.

Sax.

T.

Sax.

B.

Sax.

Tpt.

Hn

Tbn

Euph.

Tba

Timp.

Xyl.

Mar.

Sus.

Cym.

B. Dr.

1

2

1

2

1

2




































































































div.
























(damp)








B. Dr.




63 64 65 66

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