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Flute in chamber music - quintets and sextets: (Works are listed in alpabetical order.)
FIVE STARS (2004) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet,
horn, and bassoon) by Howard
J. Buss. Each of the five
movements features a different member of the ensemble: Into the Maelstrom features the flute, A Distant Glow (horn), Orbits (oboe), The Message from the Cosmic Sea (bassoon), and Dance of the Stars (clarinet). This music is sophisticated, yet audience-friendly. It is well suited for school outreach concerts. (1710") Grade V.
INTRODUCTION AND DANCE (1964) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) by Edward Troupin (1925-2004). Mr. Troupin enjoyed an international reputation as a composer of instrumental music. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a professor of music at Ithaca College and later the University of Florida, he inspired numerous young composers. He received his bachelors degree from Harvard University with a major in mathematics. Later he earned his master of music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Ross Lee Finney.
Troupins sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. His Introduction and Dance for wind quintet was composed in 1964. In this delightful composition the colorful and contrasting sections combine in charming balance to make a memorable concert feature. Because of the character of the music Introduction and Dance also makes a rousing encore and an effective contest piece. (5) Grade IV. Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
JOURNEYS for flute and and string quartet by Roger C. Vogel. The 5 movements depict moods that one can have while traveling: On the Road suggests the enthusiasm and high spirits that are found when one begins a long anticipated trip., Day Trip represents the joy of a pleasure trip that is made for an afternoon. Cross Country on Route 66 is suggestive of motoring on this fabled highway, Promenade represents a leisurely walk in a public place, and Jaunt is a short and energetic excursion for pleasure. Score and parts included. (15’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement_1.mp3, Movement_2.mp3, Movement_3.mp3, Movement_4.mp3, Movement_5.mp3
Full performance on You Tube
LAND OF THE FARTHER SUNS (1992) for narrator, four flutes (flute/piccolo, flute, flute/alto flute, and flute/bass flute), and piano by David Alpher. The text in this significant concert piece 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.
Land of the Farther Suns (Ensemble Version) Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
MODERN TIMES (1995) for narrator, flute, and 4 percussion (words and music by Howard J. Buss) is a powerful and dramatic depiction of life in our time. Provocative, at times mystical, and occasionally humorous, this work addresses an eclectic range of subjects such as taxes, neglected children, team mascots, and the information glut. The tenor of Buss' social commentary is somewhere between the witty jeering of Mark Twain and the pithy insights of Sinclair Lewis. In his free verse one finds provocation without violence and intense anger without profanity. - The Tampa Tribune.
Modern Times transports the poetry into the dramatic and colorful sound world of the flute and percussion ensemble. The result is a unique and fresh view of the culture(s) in which
The writing is mature and fresh, yet is within reach of a solid college ensemble. - George Frock, Percussive Notes Magazine. This work is well-paced, colorful and accessible to audiences not familiar with complex percussion literature. This is truly one of the finest works in our idiom.- Robert McCormick, Florida Percussive News
The 8 movements may be performed individually or in smaller groupings. Recorded on the Capstone Records CD HOWARD J. BUSS:MODERN TIMES available from Brixton.
I. Info Glut (3:34) Sound Sample.mp3
II. Night Tide (2:49) Sound Sample.mp3
III. The Hunt (4:14) Sound Sample.mp3
IV. Five Question Interlude (3:01) Sound Sample.mp3
V. The Asphalt Blanket (3:11) Sound Sample.mp3
VI. To a Neglected Child (5:25) Sound Sample.mp3
VII. Giggles!?! (1:57) Sound Sample.mp3
VIII. Modern Times (5:26) Sound Sample#1.mp3; Sound Sample#2.mp3
Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Xylophone, lion roar, tam-tam, vibraslap, 2 suspended cymbals, Chinese bell tree & bongos; Perc. 2: Marimba, snare drum, bass drum, 2 anvils (metal pipes may be substituted), glass jug or jars (to be broken for the sonic effect), conga drum, wind chimes & triangle; Perc. 3: Vibraphone, roto toms, tambourine, tam-tam, police whistle, shaker, duck call; Perc. 4: Orchestra bells, timpani (4), agogo bells, 2 suspended cymbals, hi-hat, wind chimes, wood block, frog croak (may be imitated vocally), boing box effect (a flexitone may be substituted), triangle & guiro. (30) Grade V.
MYSTERIOUS EXIT (1993) for flute and 4 percussion by Howard J. Buss. The title refers to the inexplicable disappearance of the 14th Century Sinagua Indians who inhabited an area in what is now the State of Arizona. This composition was inspired by the composer's visit to the Sinagua pueblo ruins and is a musical representation of how the Sinaguan culture graced the austere and forbidding landscape of the region. The central section of the piece exhibits some of the intriguing rhythmic asymmetry found in Hopi dance songs. Recorded on the CD "Premiers Vol.1" available from Brixton (11'30") Grade IV.
Sound Sample#1.mp3; Sound Sample#2.mp3 - Percussion: Perc. 1: Orchestra bells, temple blocks, 2 suspended cymbals, rattle, and wind chimes; Perc. 2: Marimba, and suspended cymbal; Perc. 3: Xylophone, and suspended cymbal; Perc. 4: Vibes, tom tom, sleigh bells, rattle, 2 suspended cymbals, and a bell tree. View on YouTube
NIGHT WINDS (1994) for alto sax and wind quintet (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon & horn) by Roger Vogel. This highly dramatic work is suggestive of the dark and somber quality of the themes and textures used throughout. The alto sax has been added to the traditional wind quintet and is treated as an integral member of the group. This composition is cyclic in form and is in a multi-sectional single movement: there are three slow sections that alternate with two faster ones. Night Winds is dedicated to the musicians that premiered it: by Ronald Waln, flute; Dwight Manning, oboe; Theodore Jahn, clarinet; Jean Martin horn; William Davis, bassoon; and Ken Fischer, alto sax. (1230) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
OCEAN MOODS “Three Sonic Portraits” (2014) for flute clarinet, violin, viola, and cello by Howard J. Buss ranges from lyric tenderness to powerful and sometimes dazzling technical displays. The three movements, Vistas, From the Depths, and Blustery, explore a wide range of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language, coupled with vibrant melodies and intriguing rhythms, make this a significant chamber work. (13’30”)
Grade V-VI. Score samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3: Movement 3.mp3 - Video
PLANE DANCING (1984) for flute, trumpet, bass clarinet, bass trombone and 2 percussion by Erik Lund is music with thrust, intensely alive. Percussion distribution - Perc. 1: Three cymbals, tom toms (5), vibraphone, temple blocks, iron frying pan, cow bell and brake drum; Perc. 2: Maracas. "An excellent addition to the chamber music program."- Percussive Notes (5')
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3
SHORT STORY (1980) for flute, clarinet, oboe, cello & piano by Haskell Small was commissioned by the Georgetown Symphony. The thematic material in this work is mostly of a lyrical nature juxtaposed with a "chase" motif and several sections of a gently jazzy flavor. It is essentially in sonata form, with an introductory recitative-like section that repeats in the middle and at the end of the composition. A short fugue based on the main lyrical theme precedes the ending. Recorded on 4Tay Records CD #4020 The Twisted Pine Branch.Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his rich imagination and assured mastery." (1030) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Sample 1.mp3; Sample 2.mp3
SKYLINES, version for woodwind sextet by Howard J. Buss, was originally composed for trumpet and piano during the Fall of 2002. This version for woodwind sextet was commissioned in 2019 by Victoria Ward Ltd. in memory of clarinetist David Marshall. It is scored for flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon (an additional bassoon part is provided as a substitutute for the bass clarinet, part 5.) This is a picturesque musical urban portrait in 2 movements: 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. Score and parts are included. (10’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: 1.mp3, 2.mp3; 3.mp3; 4.mp3
TWO MODERN MOTETS (2005) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon) by Peter Rothbart was written while he was intensively studying 16th century motets. Intrigued by the contrapuntal nature of the genre with its simultaneous interconnectedness and independence of the lines, the composer wrote the first movement, alla Stile Antico, with this in mind. The second movement, alla Stravinsky, was influenced by Rothbart’s long-time fascination with Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical works. In particular, he was inspired by Stravinsky’s extraordinary sense of balanced form, combined with modern rhythms and melodies. The 2 movements complement one another beautifully. This work is a brilliant concert feature as well as an impressive contest piece. (4’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3 - Score sample (transposed score) Excerpts.pdf
TRACES (1987) for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin & cello by Erik Lund addresses the individual and collective aspects of a group contending with a common tragedy - realized through various groupings within a quintet and changing compositional procedures. Winner of the 1988 National Composers Competition, recorded on Opus One Records: CD164. (1240) Grade VI.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
WHERE NOW RUSTS THE IRON? (1994) by Howard J. Buss is a dramatic tribute to the composers grandfather who, like many ironworkers in his day, worked under brutal conditions with the dream of making life better for future generations. A moving work touching our communal soul. (8) Grade IV-V.
Voice and piano version score sample: Excerpt.pdf
Voice and flute, cello, & 6 percussion version score sample: Excerpt.pdf Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Timpani (4), orchestra bells, tubular bells (shared with perc. 2) & finger cymbals; Perc. 2: two anvils (metal pipes may be substituted), and tubular bells (shared with perc. 1: Perc. 3: Xylophone, and suspended cymbal; Perc. 4: Vibes & suspended cymbal; Perc. 5: marimba; Perc. 6: two suspended cymbals, tam-tam, wind chimes & bell tree.
Percussion Set-up Chart
Text: Where Now Rusts the Iron?
Homes now stand where once the foundry coughed.
Countless tons of iron -
wheels and pans,
boilers and pipes,
latches and plates.
Countless train loads of hardware
shrieked from the pounding, grimy world within.
Iron converted from life itself,
energy given form.
Precious moments, days, and years
poured into molds and sealed
amid the ashes and dust,
always ashes and dust,
suspended in life-stealing air.
The graves of the workers overlook this place,
their famlies spread afar.
Season come and go, yet frozen in memry
are the days of youth spent in toil, hope, and purpose.
Where now rusts the iron once cast by pounding hearts,
releasing the dreams, the souls,
invested in tough, cold metal?
The foundry still stands among the houses,
coughing on smoke-laden air.
Invisible as the iron once made,
its souls as mist remains. - Howard J. Buss
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