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Harp solos, unaccompanied
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AWAKENING (2011) for solo harp by Howard Buss is a charming, soulful composition which is strongly influenced by the Jewish Klezmer idiom. The music moves from a mystical, contemplative opening to an energetic finale. Color is added to the ensemble with the use of wind chimes and finger rolls on the body of the harp. 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. Written for Paola Devoti. (7’)  Grade IV.  Recorded by Paola Devoti on the CD Jewish Memories (available from Brixton).
Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3  

AWAKENING for solo harp, B307H $12.00 

VEGA OF LYRA “The Harp Star” for solo harp by Howard J. Buss showcases both the agility and the beautiful, sonorous tone of the solo harp. It is dedicated to the renowned Italian harpist, Paola Devoti. The title refers to Vega, also known as Alpha Lyrae, the brightest star in the constellation “Lyra the Harp.” In Greek mythology, Vega’s constellation is said to be the harp played by Orpheus. The title has a dual meaning as it also refers to the person playing the composition. The character of Vega of Lyra ranges from lyric tenderness to powerful, sometimes fiery technical displays. The music explores a wide array of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated music language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes this an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece.
(7’30” ) Grade V. YouTube video

Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3 .mp3

VEGA OF LYRA for solo harp, B437 $12.00

Two harps:

Ricordi d' amore cover
RICORDI D' AMORE “Memories of Love” for two harps Howard J. Buss was composed for the Italian harpists Paola Devoti and Elisabetta Ghebbioni. This composition addresses the human ability that allows one to remember and feel love experienced long ago. The mood of the music hints at nostalgia, but at the same time is relatively bright and optimistic. It was premiered by Ms. Devoti and Ms. Ghebbioni in 2018 in Pordenone, Italy. Score & two parts are included.
(5') Grade IV-V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

RICORDI D' AMORE “Memories of Love” for two harps, score & parts, B477 $22.00

Harp with one other instrument (Works in alphabetical order)    (top of page)

Alpine SpringALPINE SPRING (2008) for flute & harp by Howard J. Buss was composed for Italian flutist Elena Cecconi. Its Italian subtitle, Riflessi sul lago alpino, translates as “Alpine Lake Reflections” and is suggestive of the glorious awakening of Spring in the region immediately south of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. As one listens to this music it is easy to imagine the glistening reflections of the dramatic Dolomite peaks and vibrant green spring foliage in the lake.The piece is divided into 2 main parts. The first is introspective and at times mysterious. The subdued quality of the music coupled with the beautiful melodic lines suggests the alluring enchantment of dawn at the lake. The festive second part is in an ABA-Coda format and mixes Buss’ soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies. The B section is developmental and at one point the flutist is asked to flutter tongue, suggesting the presence of birds. Alpine Spring received its world premier in 2008 in Piacenza, Italy by flutist Elena Cecconi and harpist Paola Devoti. This work is recorded on Flauto e arpa by Elena Cecconi and Paola Devoti on the Bottega Discantica label BDI 187. CD available from Brixton Publications CD-113. (11'30") Grade V-VI.
Score samples: Excerpt 1.pdf; Excerpt 2.pdf; Excerpt 3.pdf

Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (ending).mp3

ALPINE SPRING for flute & harp (sheet music), B414 $20.00

INNER QUEST (2011) for flute & harp by Howard J. Buss was written for the Italian duo of Elena Cecconi, flute, and Paola Devoti, harp. This intriguing work captures a wide range of emotions. The character and musical development is analogous to the train of thoughts and feelings one may experience during a spell of internal dialog. (7')  Grade V.

Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3

INNER QUEST for flute & harp (sheet music), B422 $20.00  

Luminous Horizons coverLUMINOUS HORIZONS for bassoon and harp by Howard J. Buss was inspired by the spectacular photos of Pluto taken by the New Horizons probe. The title refers to one image in particular, the stunning backlit photo showing the illuminated blue sky of Pluto. The austere, yet beautiful surface of the planet reveals rugged mountains, craters, and ice plains. All of these observations are incorporated into the musical fabric of this work one way or another. Written for Richard Meek and the 2016 IDRS Conference. (9’) Grade V.

Score Sample.pdf - Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3;

Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3

LUMINOUS HORIZONS for bassoon and harp, B456 $20.00

RHAPSODY AND ALLEGRO (2000) for piccolo & harp by Robert Frank. The first movement alternates between free, cadenza-like material and metered, coordinated passages. The second is playful with soaring, lyrical melodies. Commissioned for Diane Boyd, premiered at the 2000 N.F.A. Convention in Columbus, Ohio.  (8’)   Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1, Excerpt.mp3; Movement 2, Excerpt.mp3

RHAPSODY AND ALLEGRO for piccolo & harp, B712 $20.00

SEASIDE REFLECTIONS (1993) flute & harp by Howard J. Buss captures the serenity of musing by the sea. On the preface page to the score is printed the following free verse by the composer. It is suggested that the poem be narrated immediately before the performance and/or printed in the program notes to set the mood for the music: “On the shore of eternity swirling currents of liquid chaos gather for and disperse as foam. As rock wears to sand all dissonance transforms to serenity. Time presses no longer.” Dedicated to Brian Luce and Carrol McLaughlin. This is a memorable recital piece with real audience appeal. (7’50") Grade IV.
Seaside Reflections (flute & harp version) sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3

SEASIDE REFLECTIONS, version for flute & harp, B338H $12.00

Version for clarinet and harp sound sample: Excerpt.mp3

SEASIDE REFLECTIONS, version for clarinet & harp, B338CH $12.00

SEASIDE REFLECTIONS version for oboe & harp, B338AH $12.00

Version for oboe & harp sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3

ZOOM (2011) for bass trombone (or tuba) and harp by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by Brandt Attema and Astrid Haring.it was inspired by the spectacular images as seen through a satellite camera as the composer zoomed in on the coastline of The Netherlands. The strong narrative quality of the music couples with Buss’ soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies, makes this work accessible to a wide array of different types of audiences. (10'30") Grade VI. ZOOM: YouTube Video

Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4, the ending.mp3

ZOOM for bass trombone (or tuba) and harp, B426 $22.00

Harp in chamber music                                                            (top of page)

SAINT FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS for flute, clarinet & 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; Movement 1, excerpt 2.mp3;

Movement II, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 3.mp3

Videos on YouTube: I. The Birds, and II. The Wolf 

Saint Francis and the Animals for flute, clarinet & harp, B434  $28.50

Harp Recordings:                                                       

Jewish Memoiries CD cover Imported from Bottega Discantica (Italy) BDI 248

Jewish Memories, Paola Devoti, harp

All of these compositions for solo harp are performed by one of the world's greatest harpists, Paola Devoti.

Howard J. Buss - Awakening* (published by Brixton) 6:56 Listen
Paola Devoti - Ikh hob dikh lib* 3:11 Listen
Paola Devoti - Freylekhs: frammenti di danza* 4:36 Listen
Valentino Metti - Alenu: fantasia per arpa* 13:08
Paola Devoti - Canto sefarditico* 2:29
Attilio Del Re - Suonando nello scantinato* 4:21
Attilio Del Re - Suite of Yiddish Melodies* 5:33
Alberto Gentilil - Sognando 2:55
Paul Ben-Haim - Poème 4:21
Paola Devoti - Ikh hob dikh lib* 3:11
Paola Devoti - Freylekhs: frammenti di danza* 4:36

*World Premiere Recording

Jewish Memories CD - Devoti, CD-116 $22.95

Imported from Bottega Discantica (Italy) BDI 188
Flauto e arpa  (Flute and harp)
Elena Cecconi, flauto (flute) - Paola Devoti, arpa (harp)
Music by Saint-Saens, Buss, Procaccini, Cataldo, Ravel, Del Re, Debussy, Piazzolla - Total playing time: 73' 30'' 1 Camille Saint-Saëns - Fantaisie op. 124   15' 55''
2 Howard Buss - Alpine Spring   12' 50'' (Published by Brixton Publications, see listing above.)
3 Teresa Procaccini - Lied op. 76   5 '42''
4 Glauco Cataldo - Dallo scoglio al mare (From the sea cliff)  9 '34''
5 Maurice Ravel - Piece en forme de Habanera   3 '12''        
6 Attilio Del Re - Yom ha shoah-Rapsodia su temi Yiddish (Rhapsody on issuesYiddish)  10 '23''
7 Claude Debussy - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune  10 '56''
8 Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion   4 '36''
This CD is imported from Italy by Brixton CD-113

FLAUTO & ARPA CD, CD-113 $22.95

Music or CDs may only be returned if defective.       (Top of Page)

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