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Clarinet and bass clarinet in chamber music - trios (in alphabetical order):
A THOUSAND WORDS for clarinet, viola, and trombone by Thomas Zugger in 4 movements: Irony, Blue Image, Serenity and Rush Hour. At first the instrumentation may sound implausible. However, this work is masterfully written and the instrumental combination works exquisitely. (14) Grade V.
Score Samples (transposed score):
Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf;
Movement 3.pdf; Movement 4.pdf
AWAKENING for clarinet, guitar, and string bass by Howard Buss is a charming, soulful composition which is strongly influenced by the Jewish Klezmer idiom andwas composed for Giora Feidman, the well-known Klezmer legend. The music moves from a mystical, contemplative opening to an energetic finale. Color is added to the ensemble with the use of wind chimes, finger cymbals, and finger rolls on the body of the string bass. This work is a memorable addition to any recital, and because of its spiritual nature, makes a wonderful musical offering in a house of worship.
(7) Grade IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the end).mp3
CANTICLES for clarinet, cello, and piano by Roger Vogel is a lyrical work in 2 movements: Lied Rhapsody and Serenade-Caprice. While often associated with liturgical music. The term “canticle” is simply a synonym for a song. The main musical ideas are song-like melodies that are shared by all three instruments.(18’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt,Mvt.1A.mp3; Excerpt,Mvt.1B.mp3; Excerpt,Mvt.2A.mp3;
CAPRICCIO (1986) for clarinet, trombone, and one percussion by Howard J. Buss is a whimsical composition. The overall structure of the work is related to sonata-rondo form. Following an introduction, the frolicking Exposition unfolds only to be interrupted by a chorale-like episode followed by a paraphrase of the opening thematic material. The development section consists primarily of cadenzas for the percussionist, trombonist, and clarinetist respectively. (The cadenzas are separated by colorful transitional passages.) The clarinet cadenza is abruptly interrupted by the percussionist and trombonist leading to a section in Dixieland style. The composition concludes with a Recapitulation and Coda.Capriccio subtly pokes fun at the pyrotechnical characteristics exhibited by many contemporary compositions and the same time hints at a parallel with similar elements in Dixieland and jazz. The work was premiered in at the University of South Florida in Tampa by the composer on trombone, clarinetist Judy E. Buss, and percussionist Robert McCormick on November 24, 1981. The instrumentation includes 5 tom-toms, snare drum, tambourine, suspended cymbals, cowbells, triangle, tam-tam, bell tree, one timpani, vibraphone & bells. "Frolicking and freewheeling with 12-tone Dixieland to boot!" - The London Times (13) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt .mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3 (the ending).mp3
CONSENSUS FENCES (1991) for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, and string bass by Erik Lund. This energetic trio is a must for the advanced new music ensemble. Recorded on Opus One Records: CD164 by the Ciosone Trio. (1030) Grade VI.
Sound Sample 1.mp3; Sound Sample 2.mp3
DESERT ODYSSEY (1997) for clarinet, bassoon, and piano by Howard J. Buss. Although there is no specific program involved in this music, it does nevertheless have a strong narrative quality. Because the continuous development of material takes the form of a chain of episodes, the music exhibits some of the attributes one might associate with a journey through the spectacular and awe-inspiring landscapes of the desert Southwest. Beautiful, lyrical sections contrast with intense and dramatic passages. Desert Odyssey was commissioned by The International Clarinet Assn. and was premiered at the organizations ClarinetFest 1997 hosted by Texas Tech University. The performers were Marguerite Baker, clarinet; Richard Meek, bassoon; and Jennifer Garrett, piano. (11) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt.mp3 Hear in its entirety on a YouTube video.
Score samples (score in C): Excerpt 1.pdf; Excerpt 2.pdf; Excerpt 3.pdf
DIVERTISSEMENTS for Bb clarinet and percussion by Howard J. Buss was composed in the autumn of 2016 for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy. This work is designed so that either one or two percussionists can perform it. The 3 movements take listeners through a wide range of emotions and sonic atmospheres. Lyrical sections that are playfully juxtaposed with forceful passages characterize the first movement, Temporal Intrigues.The hauntingly beautiful second movement, Mystic Eyes, has a dreamy, meditative quality. Fusional Escapades is energetic and, with the exception of the clarinet cadenza, the performers are equal partners. The sometimes-playful character of the music is reminiscent to that which occurs in the first movement. (12’40”) Grade V. - score & parts included-
Percussion Notes.pdf; Score Samples: Movement 1.pdf, Movement 2.pdf, Movement 3.pdf
Clarinet Part Samples: Movement 1.pdf, Movement 2.pdf, Movement 3.pdf
Sound Samples: Movement 1: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3 - Movement 2: Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
Movement 3: Excerpt 5.mp3, Excerpt 6.mp3
FANTASIA (1988) for flute, clarinet, and piano by Howard J. Buss. The musical material in this composition moves gradually from the contemplative opening to an intense and driving finish. The writing is fresh, and the music is full of vitality and vivid imagination. A fabulous sonic journey. - The Atlanta Constitution. (730) Grade V.
Hear in its entirety: YouTube Video
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
FLORIDA TABLEAU (1987) for clarinet, trombone, and piano by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements: The March of Progress, Pastorale, and The Eternal Sea. The energetic first movement features dramatic contrast between lyrical lines in the winds sounding over a hard-driving piano accompaniment, and a development section characterized by staccato melodic fragments being passed among the players. The beautiful second movement, Pastorale, is impressionistic and paints a sonic portrait of rural Florida's vast pasture lands, forests, lakes, and the Everglades. The Eternal Sea begins and ends with turbulent sections, one can easily imagine great waves crashing on the shoreline. The middle part of the movement has a swashbuckling and almost humorous quality about it, suggesting people frolicking at the beach. Florida Tableau was commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association. A curious musical blend of the old and the new, much like modern Florida itself. - The Orlando Sentinel (1640) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt Mov.1.mp3; Excerpt Mov.2.mp3; Excerpt Mov.3.mp3
New! GEMTONES for two clarinets and bassoon (or bass clarinet) by Howard J. Buss was written for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy during the fall of 2019. A bass clarinet part is included as an alternative to the bassoon. The six short movements were inspired by the beauty of gemstones and exhibit a wide array of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mystical, to the brilliant, vibrant passages: Ruby, Opal, Diamond in the Rough, Onyx, Garnet, and Sapphire. Score and parts are included. (12’10”) Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3;
Movement 4.mp3; Movement 5.mp3; Movement 6.mp3
GLACIAL VISTAS (2013) for flute, clarinet, and one percussion by Howard J. Buss was inspired by the composer’s visit to Glacier National Park in Montana during the summer of 2011. The three picturesque movements, Dawn, On the Trail, and In the Realm of Twin Falls, capture the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty of the rugged landscape. Glacial Vistas is dedicated to flutist John Bailey. It was premiered on January 24, 2013 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln by John Bailey, flute; Diane Barger, clarinet; and Anthony Falcone, percussion. (15’15”) Grade V-VI.
Sound samples from a live performance: Movement 1 Excerpt.mp3; Movement 2 Excerpt.mp3;
Movement 3 Excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 3 Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3 View on YouTube at: Glacial Vistas I. Dawn,
Glacial Vistas II. On the Trail, and Glacial Vistas III. In the Realm of Twin Falls
IN THE MIRROR OF TIME (2003) for clarinet, violin, and cello by Howard Buss in 2 engaging movements: Recollections and Moving On. The first is lyrical and sweet and is permeated by a nostalgic ambience. The second retains some of the sentimentality of the first, but is more animated and pushes forward suggesting the relentless progression of time. ) Grade V.
Sound Samples:Sample Movement 1A.mp3; Sample Movement 1B.mp3 Sample Movement 2A.mp3
View on YouTube: Movement I."Recollections", Movement II."Moving On"
New! IRIDESCENCE for flute, clarinet, and piano by Randall Snyder musically depicts the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. The work begins with a six-note arpeggiated chord, each note serving as the bass of a transposed reiteration. This harmony, plus the heterophonic interplay of the instruments, creates the effect of hearing the same intervals in different perspectives. A faster section based on a linear seven-note pattern follows. The trio closes with a reprise of various versions of the opening sonority. Score and parts are included. (5’) Grade V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
KOREANA (2015) for flute, clarinet, and piano by Randall Snyder is a suite of traditional Korean folk songs harmonized in various Western styles. The gentle T’aryong was originally a movement from Yongsan Hoesang, an orchestral suite first notated in the 15th century. It was later adapted as the graceful Dance of the Crane. Han o baeng nyon is a folk song from the eastern province of Kangwondo (now divided between North and South Korea). Its existential lyrics speak of the transience of existence; even five hundred years is not enough time to fully experience life. The bluesy melody is harmonized in the style of Ravel. Arirang is the most well known of Korean melodies and exist in several distinct versions. This one, from Kyonggi Province around Seoul, features a pentatonic melody in a setting influenced by Aaron Copland. Sarag Ga is love song from a P’ansori, the uniquely Korean opera-like form performed by just a vocalist and single drummer. Its essentially monophonic texture is embellished with Neo-Classic dissonances and rhythms suggestive of Stravinsky. (6’50”) Grade IV.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
New! MASQUERADE for oboe, clarinet, and piano by Roger C. Vogel. The atmosphere of a festive gathering with elegant and elaborate costumes is the inspiration for the six movements of this work. Featured are the dignity and regalness of an Emperor and a Queen, the humor of a Harlequin, the dignified progression of a Promenade, the capriciousness in Caprices of unexpected words and actions by the guests, and the heroic excitement of a knight-errant in Paladin. Score and parts are included. (16’30”) Grade IV-V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
YouTube videos: Emperor, Promenade, Harlequin, Caprices, Queen, Paladin
NIGHT FLIGHT (1999) for piccolo, clarinet, and piano by Howard J. Buss. This riveting work showcases the piccolo and clarinet, exploring their different registers and colors. It provides exciting contrasts between lyrical and technical sections. Night Flight was commissioned for the 1999 National Flute Assn. Convention in Atlanta and was premiered at the event by Rebecca Arrenson, piccolo; Robert E. Price, clarinet; and Paula Peace, piano. (9) Grade V.
Recorded by Lois Herbine, piccolo; Allison Herz, clarinet; and Charles Abramovic, piano on the critically-acclaimed Crystal Records CD "TAKE WING", available at http://www.crystalrecords.com/flute.html#CD713
Sound samples: Sound Sample#1.mp3; Sound Sample#2.mp3; Sound Sample#3.mp3
PASSAGE TO EDEN (2001) for clarinet, French horn, and piano by Howard J. Buss. This dramatic work is in 4 continuous movements. The mood of the first is of ominous significance, as if one was preparing to embark on an arduous journey. The music is lyrical, yet contains an undercurrent of tension and anticipation. The second movement is characterized by a contrapuntal dialogue between the clarinet and the horn over a driving ostinato in the piano. This section is hugely influenced by jazz. The lyrical and animated counterpoint sounding over the running bass line and chord punctuations in the keyboard gradually give way to a section of turbulence which serves as a transition to the relative calm of the following movement.The third movement, in 6/8 meter, has an easy flowing vitality. There is a silvery brilliance to the music with a hint of nostalgia. The interweaving melodic strands grow increasingly romantic in quality and then, quite suddenly, give way to a developmental passage which builds in intensity and expectation. The finale is spirited and jubilant in character. The atmosphere generated is one of a triumphant proclamation which grows increasingly exultant as the work culminates in a rousing coda. (12') Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt .mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
REMEMBRANCES (2000) for clarinet, cello, and piano by Howard J. Buss is a lyrical work that was written immediately following the death of the composer's 97-year-old grandmother. Rather than being a somber memorial or musical epitaph, this charming and melodious composition is a celebration of life. The character of the opening section is contemplative. Gradually the music becomes more animated andfinishes in a spirit of buoyant optimism. (8) Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpt.pdf - Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
REVERIE (1992) for clarinet, viola, and piano by Howard J. Buss. This beautiful, neo-impressionistic work was commissioned by Luis Rossi and the Trio de Buenos Aires. It was premiered by this ensemble in Madrid, Spain at the Circulo de Bellas Artes on February 20, 1994. Reverie is a sophisticated work, rewarding for the performers and audience alike. As the title suggests, the music is contemplative. The writing is idiomatic and imaginative. (1030) Grade
View in its entirety on YouTube
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS for flute, clarinet, and harp by Howard J. Buss is a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, the venerated Catholic friar, preacher, founder of several Orders, and lover of animals and the environment. Cast in 2 programmatic movements, The Birds, and The Wolf, this composition musically portrays two of the many well-known stories of how Saint Francis communicated with animals. Saint Francis and the Animals was commissioned by Kathleen Jones for ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. (11’30”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement I: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3;
Movement II, Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - Videos on YouTube: I. The Birds, and II. The Wolf
SUITE TIME (1974) for flute, clarinet, and bassoon by Zack Browning in 4 movements: Imaginary Time, Real Time, Easy Time, and Hard Time. As the "tongue-in- cheek" titles of the work and movements suggest, this is a work that is both fun to play and listen to. Written in a conservative yet fanciful modern style, there is a charming balance between unity and contrast throughout. This is a real audience pleaser! (11) Grade IV-V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1 Excerpt.mp3; Movement 2 Excerpt.mp3;
Movement 3 Excerpt.mp3; Movement 4 Excerpt.mp3
THERE IS A SEASON(2007) for Bb clarinet and 2 percussion by Howard J. Buss. The titles of the two movements, A Time of War, and A Time of Peace, as well as that of the larger work are derived from Ecclesiastes 3 in the Old Testament of the Bible. This striking work was written during the Second Iraq War is loosely programmatic. The 1st movement is tense and has militaristic character with dramatic proclamations culminating in an exciting solo passage for the percussion. The second movement begins with an atmosphere of apprehension that gives way to a spirited dance-like section. Eventually the sonic disposition becomes reflective, but during the clarinet cadenza the mood brightens and returns to the animated and joyous mood exhibited earlier in the movement. (13’30”) Grade V.
Score samples: Percussion setup page.pdf; Excerpt movement 1.pdf ; Excerpt movement 2.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt, Movement1A.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 1B.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2 (opening).mp3
New! THOUGHTS FROM A CAT for voice, flute, and oboe (or chromatic harmonica) by Roger C. Vogel. (A clarinet or soprano sax part is included as an alternative to the harmonica.) This work was written in 2019 for Ellen Ritchey and Lisa Hanson Bartholow. The poems for the 7 short songs were selected from “Darling, I Love You” by poet Daniel Ladinsky and Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell. They are a celebration of the sweet and essential places that animals hold in our lives and in our hearts. (10’) Grade IV-V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound sample: Song 7.mp3
VILLAGE SCENES (2004) for oboe, clarinet , and bassoon by Howard Buss is a charming, colorful work inspired by the composers childhood memories of the village of Old Zionsville in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The music is sophisticated, yet accessible, and makes a wonderful recital feature. The 3 movements are: Playground Games, The Church By the Spring, and The Arrival of Winter. (716) Grade V.
Score samples (score in C): Movement 1.pdf ; Movement 2.pdf ; Movement 3.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3
New! VISITATIONS FROM THE DARK for alto sax, bass clarinet, and piano by Howard J. Buss was written for Barry McGinnis, Karl Kolbeck, and Sarah Masterson for the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. The three movements traverse a wide diversity of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mysterious, to soaring, spirited, and playful passages: Mirages (3’30”), Midnight Messenger (3’47”), Sprites (4’03”). Score and parts are included. - Total duration without pauses: 11’20” Grade V.
Sound samples - Movement 1: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3;
Movement 3: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf - YouTube video
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