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CAFÉ for solo piano by Marc Douyon is based on the Haitian folk tune “Manmam voyém pézé café.” The main theme quotes this folk melody, which is then developed with various compositional techniques. Original secondary themes and motives by the composer are an integral part of the colorful musical tapestry as well. Café is divided into 2 main parts, the Prelude and the Dance. (4'38”) Grade IV.
CELESTIAL VISIONS (1993) for solo piano by Howard J. Buss is a colorful composition in 3 contrasting sections. The first is characterized by vibrant tone clusters and powerful exclamations juxtaposed with gentle harmonics and delicate arpeggiated figurations. The beautiful, lyrical central section gives way to a lilting 12-tone toccata. (8)
Grade V. Score Sample.pdf - YouTube video
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3
FIVE INTERMEZZI for solo piano by Roger C. Vogel. These intermezzi each have a different character: dramatic, energetic, lyrical, expressive, and emphatic. The movements are Allegro con brio, Lento espressivo, Allegro ritmico, Adagio espressivo, and Allegro appassionato. They may be played individually or in smaller groups. Grade V. (13’30”)
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3
FIVE PRELUDES for solo piano by Roger C. Vogel. These preludes each have a different character: dramatic, expressive, dance-like, lyrical, and energetic. The total duration of Five Preludes is about 13 minutes without pauses. The durations of the individual preludes is as follows: Allegro con brio, 2’40”, Lento espressivo, 2’42”, Allegro ritmico, 2’25”, Adagio espressivo, 2’40”, Allegro appasionato, 2’30”. Grade V.
Sound samples: Prelude 1.mp3; Prelude 2.mp3; Prelude 3mp3; Prelude 4.mp3; Prelude 5.mp3
IMPROMPTU FOR PIANO by Marc Douyon is an intriguing and vibrant composition. Its rapid notes, relaxed rhythm, and quick tempo changes, contribute to the improvisatory character that permeates the work. The interplay of the different melodic ideas and motives, key changes, rhythmic figures, and the extensive range of the composition create a sense of purpose and direction. (3’25”) Grade V.
Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
New! LA SONATA MODELLO “The Template Sonata” for solo piano by Howard
J. Buss is dedicated to pianist James Helton. The music traverses a wide rage of moods and sonic atmospheres. The composer designed a template of meter changes derived from the numerical series in mathematics codified by the medieval Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci. In this adaptation of the Fibonacci sequence each number represents a quarter note and is expressed in the succession of meters 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, 4/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/4, 5/4, 4/4, 4/4, 4/4, 4/4, and 5/4. This series of measures is repeated throughout the work. While each 13-bar segment implies that the music fits into a particular metrical scheme, the composer exerts independence in a variety of ways, such as with phrasing that sometimes ignores the underlying structure. Buss states: “This metrical template was at times useful, but often seemed arbitrary and counter to the thrust and development of the musical material. My challenge was to find a way to work with the template while using its rigidity to spark creative solutions. Although the music evolves within the template, my ultimate goal was that the listener be unaware of the structural underpinnings and simply enjoy the beauty of the music.” (9’22”) Grade V-VI.
NINE BAGATELLES by Roger C. Vogel for solo piano. Each of the bagatelles has a different mood, from lyrical and expressive to rhythmic and energetic. These delightful miniatures each are a bit over 2’ in duration and may be played individually or in smaller groups. (20’) Grade V. YouTube video with introductory remarks
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3;
Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3; Excerpt 6.mp3; Excerpt 7.mp3;
Excerpt 8.mp3; Excerpt 9.mp3
PRELUDE AND TOCCATA FOR PIANO by Marc Douyon is based on the Haitian folk tune “Linglinsou.” The main theme quotes this folk melody, which is then developed with various compositional techniques. The work opens with a lyrical melody that suggests an atmosphere of complaint, anguish, and despair. But soon, the lyrical main theme, which makes use of hemiola figures, takes the shape of a gracious tribal dance in compound meter. Shortly thereafter, the character of the piece changes into an agitated toccata with driving staccato notes, and accents. The final moments of the piece are heroic-like in nature, but also convey a sense of calm after the storm.
(7’) Grade IV-V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1(beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (ending).mp3
TOCCATA AND RETRO-INVENTION for solo piano by Howard
J. Buss was written fo University of Arizona piano professor, Dr. Rex Woods. The titles of the two movements of this composition form a kinship with the toccatas and inventions of the Baroque era, but with a modern twist. They capture the spirit of the earlier forms, rather than the actual compositional procedures.
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CANTICLES for clarinet, cello, and piano by Roger Vogel is a beautiful, lyrical work in two 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’)
New! CONCERTANTE for trombone, tuba and piano by Howard
J. Buss is dedicated to trombonist Tom Brantley and tubaist Joseph Alvarez. In this one-movement composition the trombone 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 parts are included.
CONSTELLATIONS for flute, piano, and percussion (1 or 2 players) by Howard J. Buss is inspired by the awesome grandeur and beauty of the cosmos. The forward thrust, narrative quality, and ambience of the music suggest the musicians are on a wondrous journey exploring a series of varied and colorful star systems. The juxtaposition between agitated chromatic passages and tonal, focused sections is analogous to the experience of viewing up-close, seemingly chaotic space "debris" (dust, rocks, gas, etc.) as contrasted with the beauty and exquisite organization of star systems viewed from afar. (13’15”) Grade V-VI. YouTube performance
CONTRASTS IN BLUE (2001) for trumpet,
trombone and piano by
J. Buss is in 2 movements:
Evening Shadows and Summer Sea. The music is evocative of
the imagery suggested by the titles of the movements and of the musical
blues as well. The themes of shadows and water also suggest
a kinship with the impressionist style of 100 years earlier. (15'30") Grade
CONTRASTS IN BLUE for oboe, bassoon, and piano by Howard J. Buss is in 2 movements: Evening Shadows and Summer Sea. The music is evocative of the imagery suggested by the titles of the movements and of the musical blues as well. The themes of shadows and water also suggest a kinship with the impressionist style of 100 years earlier. This composition is a must! (1530) Grade V. Score samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
Movement 2 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.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 have a strong narrative quality. Because the continuous development of material takes the form of a chain of episodes, the music suggests a journey through the spectacular and awe-inspiring landscapes of the desert Southwest. Beautiful, lyrical sections contrast with dramatic passages.This work was was commissioned by The International Clarinet Association and was premiered at ClarinetFest 1997 by 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 4.mp3
YouTube video. - Score Samples (score in C): Excerpt 1.pdf; Excerpt 2.pdf; Excerpt 3.pdf
THE DEVILS SONGBOOK Eight Irreverent Songs (1993) for medium or high voice, bassoon (or cello or contrabass) and piano by Roger C. Vogel is based on humorous texts that explore various aspects of human nature. The songs are Of Politicians (lyrics by Shakespeare and Hilaire Belloc), Of Businessmen (lyrics by Mark Twain), Of Critics and Music (lyrics by Robert F. Murray, Charles Lamb, and the composer), Of Vanity (lyrics by James Thomson), Of Attorneys (lyrics derived from an anonymous quote on the Headstone of Mr. Jonathan Gill, Esq. who died February 6, 1751), Of the Media (lyrics by Humbert Wolfe), Of Vanity (anonymous) and Of Celebration (lyrics by Dorothy Parker).(2015) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Of Politicians, Excerpt 1.mp3;Of Attorneys, Excerpt 2.mp3; Of Businessmen, Excerpt 3.mp3;
Of the Media, Excerpt 4.mp3; Of Critics and Music, Excerpt 5.mp3;
Of Virtue, Excerpt 6.mp3; Of Vanity, Excerpt 7.mp3; Of Celebration, Excerpt 8.mp3
FANTASIA (1988) for flute, clarinet, and piano by Howard J. Buss. The musical material in this vibrant work 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
Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
FESTIVITIES for flute, horn and piano by Roger C. Vogel was written in 2018 for The Kitchen Sync trio. Celebrations, amusements, festivals, and other joyful occasions are events that enrich our lives.
This work is inspired by five such delightful occasions: the merrymaking of a Carnival, the pleasant
respite of an Interlude, the boisterous play of a Romp, the pleasure of a leisurely evening Promenade, and the capriciousness of an Escapade. Score and parts included. (14’30”) Grade V. Score samples: Excerpts.pdf
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. Pastorale paints a sonic portrait of rural Florida's vast pasture lands, forests, lakes, and the Everglades. The Eternal Sea, features turbulent sections, one can easily imagine great waves crashing on the shoreline. 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
FUGUE AND POSTLUDE (1987,1995) for flute, bassoon, and piano by Haskell Small combines a fugue, an older, more serious form of Baroque origin, with a thoroughly modern piece written in a free-wheeling style of jazz. The composer states, The postlude includes a reference to the fugues subject, but cannot sustain a properly serious attitude, quickly dissolving back into jazz. Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." The world premiere was in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan by flutist Yoshiko Ohta, Bassoonist Shigeru Ohta, and the composer on the piano. Recorded on the 4Tay Records CD Twisted Pine (8) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3 - Score samples: Movement 1.pdf , Movement 2.pdf
IMAGINATIONS (2012) for horn, trombone, and piano by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and beautiful, sonorous tone of the horn, trombone and piano ensemble. Ranging from lyric tenderness to powerful (and sometimes fiery) technical displays, the 2 movements, Contemplative and Auspicious, explore a wide range of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language, coupled with the soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms, make this an audience-friendly work. Composed for Gene Berger, horn; John Seidel, trombone; and Elizabeth Seidel, piano.
(13’) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Movement 1: excerpt 1.mp3); excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2: excerpt 1 .mp3; excerpt 2.mp3
IN DARKNESS (1989) for high voice (soprano or tenor), alto sax, and piano by Roger C. Vogel. In Sophocles tragedy Oidipous Tyrannos the protagonist was separated from his parents at birth. He unwittingly fulfilled a prophesy by killing his father in a quarrel and then marrying his mother when he became king of Thebes. In Darkness is a narrative of the events that took place after the incestuous marriage became known.The text for this musical work was translated and adapted by Timothy Gantz. Although the melodic and harmonic language of this composition is modern, it incorporates some of the flavor of the ancient Grecian melody by deriving important motivic material from the ancient Dorian scale as it was sung in the chromatic genus. Recorded on the OASIS CD Love Letters, available from Brixton Publications CD-109. (1630) Grade V.
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
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
JAZZICAL #5 for euphonium, tuba, and piano by Howard
J. Buss, was written for Gail Robertson and Stacy Baker for ITEC 2016 juxtaposes technical and spiritual elements of jazz and classical music. (7’30”)
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 the monumental 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 500 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
LOVE LETTERS (2002) by Roger C. Vogel is a song cycle based on texts selected to represent the many aspects of the universal emotion of love: from longing, exuberance, excitement, and playfulness to sorrow and despair. The songs may be performed individually. The work is published in two versions, each with a different high voice, violin & and piano is recorded on the OASIS CD Love Letters, available from Brixton Publications CD-109.
Version for high voice (soprano or tenor), violin & piano songs with durations:
Your Letter Moved Me 2:29; I Lie Awake 3:52; Dear Miss West Forty-seventh Street 1:49; My Dearest Nell (voice and piano) 7:45;The French Ladies 3:39;My Darling Dear, Delightful Ringo 2:57; Have You Heard That I Love You (voice & violin) 3:07; Alas! I have Suffered Your Scorn! 11:36; Everything Measurable Passes 1:45; Interlude (violin & piano) 2:59; and Adieu, I Seal My Letter 4:36
Videos of the songs in the version for voice &
piano: 1.Your Letter Moved Me 2:29; 2.I Lie Awake 3:52;
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 6 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 & piano by Howard J. Buss. This riveting work showcases the piccolo and clarinet and piano, exploring their different registers and colors. It provides exciting contrasts between lyrical and technical sections. It was commissioned for the 1999 National Flute Association Convention and was premiered at the event by Rebecca Arrenson, piccolo; Robert E. Price, clarinet; and Paula Peace, piano. (9) Grade V-VI.
Recorded by Lois Herbine, piccolo; Allison Herz, clarinet; and Charles Abramovic, piano on Crystal Records CD "TAKE WING" available at www.crystalrecords.com/flute.html#CD713.
Sound Samples: # 1.mp3; # 2.mp3.mp3; # 3.mp3
ON THE WING for violin, alto saxophone and piano by Roger C. Vogel was written for Rachel and Stephen Fischer. It was inspired by the thrill of flight, as well as that of being in motion and traveling, The intense energy of taking off, soaring, gliding, and diving is depicted in its musical gestures. The opening begins with ascending motives and progresses through contrasting sections that represent different aspects and emotions that are experienced in flight. As the work progresses these motives recur in various ways, with some surprises, until the final exhilarating coda. Cast in one movement, the instruments compete, complement, intertwine, and reflect on the musical ideas equally. (15’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (the ending).mp3
PASSAGE TO EDEN (2001) for clarinet, horn, and piano by Howard J. Buss. This colorful work is in 4 connected 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 features a contrapuntal dialogue between the clarinet and the horn over a driving ostinato in the piano. 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 exultant as the work culminates in a rousing coda. (12') Grade V-VI
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
REMEMBRANCES (2000) by Howard J. Buss was composed immediately following the death of the composer's grandmother. Rather than being a somber memorial or musical epitaph, this charming composition is a celebration of life. The work finishes in a spirit of buoyant optimism. (8) Grade V.
- version for clarinet, cello & piano Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3;
Excerpt 3 .mp3- Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
- version for flute, cello and piano Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
- version for trumpet, cello and piano Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
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 in 1994.This composition is rewarding for the performers and audience alike. As the title suggests, the music is contemplative. The writing is idiomatic and imaginative. (1030) Grade V.
View on YouTube
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
ROMANCE AND CAPRICE (2004) for flute/piccolo,
alto flute, and piano by Howard
J. Buss. The hauntingly beautiful first movement is followed by a
dramatic tour de force influenced by jazz. (940)
SERENDIPITY SUITE (2016) for trumpet (Eb, Bb, and Bb piccolo), trombone, and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed for trumpeter Brittany Hendricks and trombonist Bruce Faske. The work is in 3 movements: Auspicious Moon, Slow Dance, and Excursion. The composition is designed so that the trumpeter uses an Eb trumpet in the first movement, a Bb trumpet in the second, and a Bb piccolo trumpet in the third. Included is an alternative trumpet part so that the work can be performed exclusively on a Bb trumpet. (12’40”) Grade V.
Score sample (score in C) Excerpt.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3.mp3
SONIC TAPESTRIES for violin, alto sax, and piano by Howard J. Buss was written for Rachael and Stephen Fischer during the fall of 2019 for the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. The three movements explore a diversity of moods and intriguing musical atmospheres and textures. Variegated (3’40”), Pensive (3’20”), Cosmopolitan Strands (4’00”). Score and parts are included. - Total duration without pauses: 11’ Grade V.
Sound samples - Movement 1: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3;
Movement 2: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
Movement 3: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf - YouTube video
TENNESSEE SUITE (2001) for flute, viola, and piano by Howard J. Buss is based upon the composers visit to the Smoky Mountains, in four beautiful: Mystic Dawn, Treetop Capers, Cades Cove, and The Trail to Abrams Falls. Written for Shelley Binder. (13) Grade V.
Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2 (the ending).mp3; Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3
View on YouTube: I. Mystic Dawn, II. Treetop Capers, III. Cades Cove, and IV. The Trail to Abrams Falls
TRIO for flute, cello, and piano by Haskell Small is in 3 movements: Allegro non-troppo, Andante, and Allegro molto energico." Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." Recorded on the CD 25 Preludes: A Musical Odyssey (Northeastern Classical Arts) by Virginia Nanzetta, flute; Douglas Wolters, cello; and Haskell Small, piano. (10) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3
TRIO LYRIQUE for horn, bassoon and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed for the 2013 International Horn Symposium. As the title implies, the overall character of the music is lyrical, and it gradually evolves from a contemplative and mystical opening to a spirited finale. Although written in one movement, this engaging work is divided into several major, contrasting sections set off from one another with intriguing metric modulations. (10’) Grade V. View on YouTube
Score Sample.pdf - Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3); Excerpt 3.mp3
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THE DISTANCES THEY KEEP (2001) for two
high voices (sopranos or tenors), flute, and piano by Roger
Vogel is a beautiful, lyrical work about mans relationship to nature,
and wild birds specifically. It is based on an enchanting poem of the
same name by Howard Nemerov. Recorded on the OASIS
CD Love Letters available
from Brixton Publications CD-109. The vocal ranges required are
d below the staff to A above the staff, and Db below the staff to A above
the staff respectively. (1230) Grade V.
EINE KLEINE SNAILMUSIK for high voice (soprano or tenor), trumpet, cello and piano by Roger C. Vogel is a humorous setting of May Sartons poem of the same name. Theatrical gestures are used in this playful work. In the preface to the score the composer writes, "The humor in this work will be greatly enhanced by setting a lighthearted mood before beginning the work and by appropriate gestures throughout." The vocal range is from d below the treble staff to Ab above the staff. (8) Grade V.
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
INTO EACH LIFE (1997) for flute, cello, piano, and one percussion by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by The Florida Flute Association and the Brannen-Cooper Fund as a tribute to Albert Tipton. This work is in two main sections: the first juxtaposes lyrical and turbulent passages. The second takes the form of a joyous fugue. The instrumentation includes vibes, orch. bells, cymbals, tam-tam, bongos, wood block and tambourine. (11) Grade V.
Score Sample.pdf Percussion Set-up .pdf
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3 - YouTube video
JAZZICAL #4 (2012) for horn, trombone, tuba and piano by Howard J. Buss . The composer states, “It was not my aim to create a specific hybrid style by synthesizing jazz and modern classical music; rather, my intent was to systematically strip away the fundamental elements of jazz to explore at what point the music ceases being jazz and becomes classical. The style of this work is the resultant this procedure. Because the subject of what constitutes jazz (there are so many kinds) is so complex, depending upon the background and views of the listener, the music will sound jazzy (in varying degrees) to most, and mostly classical to others. (12’45”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3; Excerpt_4.mp3
THUNDER ROLL for 3 percussion and piano by Zack Browning in 2 movements: Night Visions is a slow and ethereal with much dramatic contrast. Day Attack is fast-paced in which rhythmic displacement and mixed meters create a compelling style reminiscent of the music of Bartok. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Vibraphone, snare drum & suspended cymbal; Perc. 2: Triangle, tam-tam, bass drum, glockenspiel, xylophone & roto toms; Perc. 3: Timpani (4). This is a well-written piece with audience appeal. - Percussive Notes Magazine (10) Grade V.
YouTube videos: "Night Visions", "Day Attack"- Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3
SONG WITHOUT WORDS for piano, violin, viola, and cello by David Alpher is a heartfelt and powerful tribute to the composer’s long-time friend and colleague, Lila Deis. The first movement, Loss, is self-explanatory; music of mourning. After this, and without any pause, the bleak mood is demolished by one huge chord, as though Lila were saying “Enough of that. Let’s have a party!” This super-loud chord ushers in a movement called Perpetual Motion, which is a tribute to Lila’s nonstop upbeat energy and verve. Following a pause for breath, the third movement, Perpetual Song, concludes the work with a kind of festival of melodies, a tribute to the unforgettable lyricism of Lila’s art. (21’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3
TRIBUTE TO KEROUAC for clarinet, tenor sax, piano and string bass by David Alpher was inspired by the work, life, and times of Jack Kerouac, King of the Beat Generation. Cast in 7 movements, this work is influenced by jazz. In the preface to the score the composer writes: "Kerouac demonstrated the epic contradiction of America: on the one hand its wild energy, joy of life, and expansiveness; on the other, its tendency to self-destruct. Tribute to Kerouac is my musical response to, and commemoration of, this important American writer who liked to describe himself as a 'jazz.poet.'" Recorded on Ongaku Records. (17) Grade V.
Sound Samples: I. American Nocturne.mp3; II. Movin On.mp3; III. Remembered.mp3;
IV. Intermezzo.mp3; V. Beat Scene.mp3; VI. Urgency.mp3; VII. Epilogue.mp3
THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER (1989) For
narrator, flute, viola and piano by David Alpher. Based on Lewis Carrolls well-known poem from Through the Looking Glass (1871.) This composition
transforms the familiar words from their Victorian and child-like context
to a very different sound world primarily influenced by jazz. Finalist
in the 1996 Newly-Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association. (15) Grade V.
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THE BIG BANG (1992) for 6 percussion and piano by Howard J. Buss. This work in 2 movements is a musical representation of the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe which contends that our ever-expanding universe began as a colossal explosion at a single point in space. During the first movement, The Creation, all musical development grows out of an initial blast of sound. Waves of sound mass gradually crystallize into definite pitches leading to the formation of the natural harmonic series. 12-tone fragments intertwine and gradually coalesce into perceptible melodies. This musical development is analogous to the formation of compounds, amino acids, etc. Midway through The Creation the spark of life" is introduced in an abrupt shift of musical activity which undergoes continuous development to the end of the movement. The animated second movement, Dance of Life, is a joyous celebration of life. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: 2 suspended cymbals, 3 brake drums, 2 cowbells, temple blocks, tam-tam & sand blocks; Perc. 2: Orchestra bells, 5 roto toms & triangle; Perc. 3: Flexitone, timpani (4), wind chimes, bongos & a thunder sheet (or a large tam-tam); Perc. 4: Xylophone, suspended cymbal, bass drum, and chimes (tubular bells); Perc. 5: Marimba, 2 anvils metal pipes may be substituted), tambourine, finger cymbals & a triangle; Perc. 6: Vibraphone, chimes (tubular bells) which are to be shared with player 4, snare drum, 2 suspended cymbals & tam-tam.The piano is treated as an integral part of the percussion battery. This work is appropriate for a college-level percussion ensemble. (18) Grade V.
Sound Samples from the First Movement: Sample 1A.mp3; Sample 1B.mp3; Sample 1C.mp3;
Sound Samples from the Second Movement: Sample 2A.mp3; Sample 2B.mp3; Sample 2C.mp3
View on YouTube at The Big Bang: I. “The Creation” and The Big Bang: II. The Dance of Life
LAND OF THE FARTHER SUNS (1992) for narrator, 4 flutes (flute/piccolo, flute, flute/alto flute & 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
SHORT STORY (1980) for flute, clarinet, oboe, cello, and piano by Haskell Small was commissioned by the Georgetown Symphony. The thematic material 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 work. A short fugue based on the main lyrical theme precedes the ending. Recorded on 4Tay Records The Twisted Pine Branch. Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." (1030) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Sample 1.mp3; Sample 2.mp3
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