Ghost for Solo Flute

Ghost for Solo Flute




For solo flute. The audio file on this site was generated with software as a demo.  

A demo score (watermarked, without ancillary material) is available in a public access file here. If anyone wants to see a full score, please pm me, or see my permissions page, link below.


Please note that this score is under copyright. For performance or recording permission, please see my permissions page.
Image: Cover of the pulp magazine Ghost Stories (August 1928)

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  •  Hi Jon, I liked this short piece.  It was haunting and eerie -- keeps you unsettled on the edge of your seat.  

    That was a well-done electronic rendition.  What sound library did you use?


    • Thanks -- I appreciate the comment.

      The audio was created with the MuseScore 3.6 default sound font and then mastered with SoundCloud's mastering function.  MuseScore started as a notation app with audio creation seemingly something of an afterthought; the audio font has gotten better over time, though most people still probably find it not good enough for professional level work.  It's possible to integrate other sound fonts into Musescore, or alternatively to export MuseScore XML files into other DAWs, but I've experimented with this and found it kludgey and not worth my while, since I consider my audio files to be demos suggesting what a performance would sound like, not finished professional level products.  The forthcoming MuseScore 4 I believe is supposed to have an improved audio function.

      • As of 17 January 2023 the audio file was updated with MuseScore 4 and a link to a pdf demo score was added.


  • Hi Jon. The 16th notes on bar 8 reminds me of a Sundanese melody that I'm really into. Question: is it okay to write half notes for number of bars without rest, considering the breath that a player should take? I would have written a rest in places that need for breathing. Or, can this be handled by a simple communication with the player or just leave it as is, as the player can handle the point in which he/she would take a brief pause for breathing?


    • Those are good questions.  I've always been uncertain as to how much need there is to include breathing spaces in a composition for wind instruments.  I once asked about this in an internet forum (I forget now which one it was) and got conflicting answers, although at least a couple of players said that a good performer ought to be able to fit in breaths without the score having an explicit rest.  If I ever get the piece performed, I'll ask the performer about this.  Meanwhile, maybe some members of this forum can comment.

      • Yes, I thought about that too, the performer being able to fit in breaths when playing through the score. I once watched someone on YouTube saying that, one of the ways is to pretend as if we are playing while listening to our wind score (using our breath). When we are out of it and need to breathe, it means that's the spot to fill in the rest. I asked here because maybe there's another method in writing for winds.

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