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ENERGICO! for band or wind ensemble (2014) by Howard J. Buss begins with a concise, stately section that presents harmonic and rhythmic material that is developed throughout. The festive main body of the work is in an episodic ABA-Coda format and mixes Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies. Energico! was originally written for flute ensemble during the summer of 2008: The Long Island Flute Club with support from The Brannen-Cooper Fund commissioned it in celebration of its 25th anniversary (1984-2009). It was premiered in 2009 by the Professional Flute Choir of the Long Island Flute Club at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City. The flute choir version of the work is available from Brixton Publications. Energico! for band intensifies the energy of the original version by utilizing the full resources of the concert band, including four percussion parts. The timbral palette is expanded accordingly and includes the use of mutes, stopped horn, and other colorful devices. Energico! for band is a sophisticated, yet audience-friendly work. (10’30”) Grade V-VI.
FANFARES (1981, 2018) for band or wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss is a collage of fanfares of varying length and color. This patriotic work (inspired by the release of the American hostages in Iran) has been included in the Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. “An excellent choice for contest.” - The Instrumentalist, “Nancy and I enjoyed the performance immensely.” - President Ronald Reagan, “It has all that you look for in an extended ‘fanfare’ to open a big program and deserves the attention of those bands capable of modest Grade V music.” - Dr. James Croft in The Florida Music Director. (7’15”) Grade V. Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
ILLUMINATIONS for bass trombone or tuba and band by Howard J. Buss originally for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano, was composed for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This significant addition to the repertoire is written in an accessible modern style. The musical language is sophisticated, yet appealing to general audiences. Illuminations is in 2 contrasting movements: The first, Reverie, is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. The second movement, Urban Lights, is an energetic rondo that is strongly influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music. “Thoughtful, tuneful, and rewarding to perform.” – ITA Journal (19’) Grade V-VI. Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
Movement 2 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
INTO THE HALL OF VALOR (2018) for horn and band by Howard J. Buss was composed for the 50th Anniversary of the International Horn Society. It was written for hornist Frank Lloyd and The United States Army Field Band for their performance at the IHS Conference hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This composition is a tribute to soldiers recognized for great courage in the face of danger. The composer states, “About the time I learned that the U.S. Army Field Band would perform the premier, I was reading about the “Hall of Valor" located at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia. I was inspired to write a work as a salute to those who have been recognized therein, as well as soldiers honored at similar venues. The character of the music is heroic, majestic, and the solo horn adds significantly to this.“ (7’55") Grade V. Video of the premier performance: https://youtu.be/N9amEKYcck8
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST for clarinet and band (or wind ensemble) by Howard J. Buss was inspired by The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. It honors the thousands of soldiers who died to free Belgium from the Germans in WWI. The Last Post Ceremony was first held on July 1928 and has been performed every night since November 11, 1929 at the Menin Gate Memorial, except during the years of the German occupation of Ypres from May 20, 1940 to September 6, 1944. During the occupation the ceremony was continued at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. The composition develops the “Last Post” bugle call, which is performed near the beginning of the ceremony. The work also has stirring sections signifying the youthfulness and vitality of those who fought and died on the Ypres battlefields. Score and part included.
(8’) Grade V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST for tuba and band or wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss was inspired by The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. It honors the thousands of soldiers who died to free Belgium from the Germans in WWI. The Last Post Ceremony was first held on July 1928 and has been performed every night since November 11, 1929 at the Menin Gate Memorial, except during the years of the German occupation of Ypres from May 20, 1940 to September 6, 1944. During the occupation the ceremony was continued at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. The composition develops the “Last Post” bugle call, which is performed near the beginning of the ceremony. The work also has stirring sections signifying the youthfulness and vitality of those who fought and died on the Ypres battlefields. This work was winner of the Composition Competition of the U.S. Army Band’s 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop and will be used for the workshop’s 2020 performers’ competition. Score and part included. Sound files will be uploaded after the competition. (8’) Grade V.
TROMBONE CONCERTO (1983) by Howard J. Buss in three movements: Proclamation, Soliloquy, and Capriccio. This critically acclaimed composition works well as a feature number and as a contest piece. An alternative to the Rimsky-Korsakov, the Jacob Concertino, or the Larson - substantial, listenable, I recommend - Paul Hunt, ITA Journal. (18) Grade V. Score samples (transposed score):
Excerpt, Score, Movement 1.pdf; Excerpt, Score, Movement 2.pdf; Excerpt, Score, Movement 3.pdf
Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 1.pdf; Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 2.pdf; Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 3.pdf(
Sound Sanples: Movement 1: Excerpt_(Opening).mp3; Excerpt_(Middle).mp3; Excerpt_(End).mp3
Movement 2: Excerpt_Mov.2.mp3; Movement 3: Excerpt_(Opening).mp3; Excerpt_(End).mp3
CONCERTANTE for euphonium, tuba and orchestra by Howard J. Buss. In this one movement composition the euphonium and tuba are treated as equal partners as they traverse a wide variety of sonic atmospheres. Energetic and sometimes fiery sections surround a beautiful and lyrical central part. Score and part is included. (9’) Grade V.
SINFONIETTA (1990) for string quintet (2-1-1-1) or string orchestra by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the American Music Center. This exciting work is characterized by vibrant colors and driving rhythms. (630) Grade V.
Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
SKYLINES for trumpet (Bb or C ) and orchestra by Howard Buss is a picturesque musical urban portrait in two movements. The work is loosely programmatic in that no specific city is depicted; rather, the composer captures, in a broad manner, the essence of the big city spectacle. The lyrical and majestic first movement, Panorama, suggests the expansive grandeur of cityscape. The second, Amid the Spires, is hugely influenced by jazz and captures the dynamic energy of life on the busy streets. The trumpet and piano version was premiered by Eric Berlin, trumpet, and Nikki Stoia, piano, on May 22, 2003 at the International Trumpet Guild Conference held at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth. The orchestra version was completed in the Spring of 2006.
I. Panorama (5:35)
II. Amid the Spires (4:35)
total performance time: approximately 10 1/2 minutes, Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
number of parts in complete set/instrumentation
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