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Flute ensembles: (Works are listed in alphabetical order.)
ANOTHER WORLD STOOD HERE (2017) for flute ensemble (piccolo, five C, alto, bass and optional contrabass) by Howard
J. Buss was composed immediately after an ancient oak tree was removed from his neighbor’s yard. Buss states, “The crew worked for several days to dismantle and haul away the enormous tree. I had lived next to it for a quarter of a century. The morning after they finished the job I visited the site were the mighty tree once stood and felt a deep sense of loss. It had become part of my life, and I reflected on how it served as home for countless birds and other animals, how it survived numerous hurricanes and lightning storms, and remembered the precious shade it provided during the long Florida summers. It is sorely missed. This work is dedicated to the memory of this ancient friend.” Because of its modest technical demands and musical sophistication, this audience-friendly work is appropriate for both intermediate-level and advanced flute choirs. (6’10") Grade IV. Score and parts included.
AQUARIUS (2013) for three flutes (An alto flute part is included as an alternative to the third flute) by Howard J. Buss showcases both the agility and the beautiful, sonorous tone of instruments. The two movements are At the Glow of Dawn (3’5”) and Ocean Blue (3’50”). Aquarius explores a variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes this trio an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece. (7’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 ; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
AVE VERUM CORPUS by W. A. Mozart, transcribed for four C flutes by Howard J. Buss. This sensitive rendition of one of Mozarts most sublime works makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (330) Grade II-III.
CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) transcribed for four C flutes by Howard J. Buss. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style and makes an memorable feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (230) Grade III.
Sound Recording (with a tambourine added in performance) Canzona.mp3
CHRISTMAS LONG AGO for voice and flute choir by Roger Vogel is based on a beautiful, picturesque poem by Jo Geis. This entertaining work is scored for flute/piccolo, three C flutes, alto flute in G, bass flute, and includes a part for optional contrabass flute. The range of the vocal solo is from Eb4 to G5, it is especially suitable for medium voice, but most sopranos, altos, and tenors will find it comfortable to sing. (3’45”) Grade IV. B945 $24.00
Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
DRY BONES, the well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone's connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to the...), arranged by Howard Buss, makes a memorable concert feature as well as a rousing musical offering in church. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble. It has an extended two-part introduction which begins hymn-like, and then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual; however, as the music reaches its climax, the jazz "licks" from the introduction are brought back as counterpoint against the main melody of the spiritual. The result is exhilarating, and for a bit of humor, just as the work ends, there is a "tongue-in-cheek" plagal cadence. (230)
Dry Bones flute quartet Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3; Score_Sample.pdf
Dry Bones woodwind quartet Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3; Score_Sample.pdf
ENERGICO! for 7-part flute ensemble by Howard J. Buss. This riveting work begins with a stately section that presents harmonic and rhythmic material which is developed throughout the work. The festive main body of Energico! is in an episodic ABA-Coda format and mixes Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies. The Long Island Flute Club, Inc., with support from The Brannen-Cooper Fund at Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc., commissioned this work in celebration of its 25th anniversary - 1984-2009. Energico! was premiered at the 2009 National Flute Assn. Convention in New York City. It is scored for piccolo, four C flutes, alto, and bass. Multiple players may be used on each part. (10’30”) Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
EXULTATIONS (1996) for flute/piccolo, two C flutes, and alto flute by Roger C. Vogel. This sparkling piece is festive and jubilant in character. It may be performed as a quartet or multiple flutes may be used on each part to create an eimpressive flute choir work. (8) Grade IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
FESTIVAL (1996) by Howard J. Buss is an imaginative quartet which exudes a contagious optimism. This beautiful and compelling work showcases Buss unique style of soaring lyricism and exciting contrasts. Everyone in the ensemble has a interesting part as well. It is a memorable and upbeat concert piece and makes a joyous musical offering in church. (6'20") GradeV. View on YouTube
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3
FLURRY (2014) for flute quartet or ensemble by Matthew Nunes is in 4 short movements: Allegro Energico; Dolce, pio; Giocoso; and Danza, this colorful, audience-friendly work makes a memorable feature number. Flurry may be performed by a quartet of C flutes. An alto flute part is provided as an alternative for part 3, and a bass flute part is provided as an alternative for part 4. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble.
(6’15”) Grade IV-V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
LAND OF THE FARTHER SUNS (1992) for narrator, 4 flutes (flute/piccolo, flute, flute/alto flute, and flute/bass flute), and piano by David Alpher. The text is from the poetry of Stephen Crane. The work is constructed in the manner of a song cycle, only with narration rather than singing. The music is modern, yet accessible, and contains sections in a jazzy vein. Finalist in the 1996 Newly-Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association. Recorded by Flute Force with Garrison Keillor on the Innova CD "Eyewitness. (20) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
LEVI'S DREAM for flute quartet or ensemble by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and rich sonority of the instruments. It can be performed as a quartet with three C flutes and a bass flute; or with two C flutes, alto flute, and bass flute. (An alto flute in G is provided as and alternative to flute 3.) Multiple players may be used on the parts to expand the ensemble. The title refers to an imagined dream of Levi, the namesake of the Israelite Tribe. The Levites were known for their involvement in priestly duties and music. The music has a distinctly Middle-eastern quality. The soulful nature of the slower sections is enhanced by the expressive, luscious ambience of the flutes. The composition features 2 sections with original tunes in the style of Jewish folk songs. One is slow and contemplative, the other, jubilant. This is an audience-friendly work appropriate for the concert hall or a house of worship. (7’40”) Grade IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
PRELUDE AND DANCE (2002) for solo flute, solo alto flute, and flute quartet (2 C flutes, alto and bass) by Howard J. Buss. It was Winner of the National Flute Associations 2004 Newly-Published Music Competition. This riveting composition features two solo players with flute ensemble accompaniment. The dramatic, and at times Arabesque, Prelude is followed by the spirited Dance, which is characterized by zesty Latin rhythms. Multiple payers may be used on each of the parts in the quartet accompaniment to create a larger ensemble. Prelude and Dance is a unique and piece with great audience appeal. It is an "absolute must" for the advanced ensemble. It was commissioned for and premiered by Nora Lee Garcia, Mary Karen Clardy, Lee Lattimore, Brian Luce, Andrea Redcay Graves, and Diane Boyd Schultz. This piece is an absolute "must" for the advanced ensemble. (815) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Sample 1.mp3; Sample 2.mp3; Sample 3.mp3
PRELUDE AND INTRADA for flute quartet or ensemble by Howard J. Buss. This attractive quartet features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude combines fanfare and lyrical sections as well as tonal and polytonal harmonies. The festive Intrada is in an ABA-Coda format and features crisp, energetic rhythms and lyrical contrapuntal writing. This is a memorable feature number or an impressive contest piece. The work is scored for 2 C flutes, alto flute (an optional C flute part is included for part 3), and bass flute (an optional alto flute part is included for part 4). Multiple players may be used on each part. (5’30”) Grade IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 - Score Sample: excerpt.pdf
RICERCARE ON C for four C flutes by Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586) transcribed by Howard J. Buss. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. Particularly interesting are the meter changes involving metric modulations, a trait found in much of the dance music of the day. It makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (230) Grade III. Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
ROMAN FESTIVALS for flute choir by Roger Vogel musically portrays the celebratory atmosphere of holidays and festivals of long ago. In 5 movements: Plebeian Games, Fors Fortuna, Eleusinian Mysteries, Bacchanalia, and Saturnalia. It is scored for flute/piccolo, three C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and an optional contrabass flute. Because of its modest technical demands and musical sophistication, this audience-friendly work is appropriate for both intermediate-level and advanced flute choirs. (13’) Grade IV. YouTube videos: Movements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
SPLASH! (2007) for flute trio (each player doubles on piccolo) by David M. Sterrett is an impressionistic work depicting the image of a large, beautiful fountain. Largely inspired by Respighi’s popular Fountains of Rome, this picturesque composition portrays a lively fountain show with choreographed jets of water, elegant and effervescent drops, and exciting bursts of water shooting off and splashing everywhere. Finalist in the 2010 Newly-Published Competition of the National Flute Association. (7’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
THREE PIECES from the Album for the Young for four C flutes by Robert Schumann transcribed by Howard J. Buss, in three movements: Hunting Song, Chorale, and The Reapers Song. This is an entertaining rendition of three of Schmanns famous piano compositions.. (330) Grade III.
ZEPHYRS OF THE DAWN for flute choir by Howard J. Buss is an enchanting work that showcases the agility and beautiful sonority of the flute choir. The character of the music is meditative and at times conveys a hint of portent, as if to suggest that these gentle, yet persistent early morning breezes contain within them hints of the events of the coming day. The musical scoring is colorful and inventive, yet does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. It is scored for piccolo, five C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and optional contrabass flute. Because of its modest technical demands and musical sophistication, this audience-friendly work is appropriate for both intermediate-level and advanced flute choirs. (5’) Grade IV.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
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