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String solos, unaccompanied (works are in alphabetical order)

Awakening cover AWAKENING (2011) for solo harp by Howard Buss is soulful and 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 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 


Guitarists Day coverTHE GUITARIST’S DAY (1996) for solo guitar by Roger C. Vogel. The 3 witty movements were inspired by the composer’s observations of guitar students at the University of Georgia. Late Afternoon on the Steps depicts a guitarist warming up and practicing for a lesson. Midnight Variations represents a late-night improvisation, and Monday Morning alternates between the frantic panic of oversleeping and calm daydreaming. (16’15”) Grade IV-V. 
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3
THE GUITARIST’S DAY for solo guitar, B908 $12.00 


DANCES and Interludes cover DANCES AND INTERLUDES for solo by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by guitarist, Robert Phillips. It features 3 dance-like sections preceded by a soulful introduction and separated by developmental interludes. The composer was inspired by styles from 3 countries: the songo from Cuba, bossa nova from Brazil, and rumba flamenco from Spain. Traditionally, the songo combines elements of the folkloric rumba with popular Cuban dance music. The Latin beat of the songo is specifically designed for the drum set. Although drums are not used in this piece,the first dance, ala songo, captures the choppy, energetic flavor of the Cuban model. The interlude that follows transitions to the mood for the second dance, ala bossa nova. This section has the smoother, more relaxed quality of this popular Brazilian style. It gradually gives way to the final dance, ala rumba flamenco. The energetic strumming patterns, colorful effects with muted strings, percussive interjections with the palm of the hand and fingertips capture the spirit of this exciting Andalusian genre. (8’15”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
DANCES AND INTERLUDES for solo guitar, B463 $10.00


Three Character Sketches coverTHREE CHARACTER SKETCHES FOR SOLO VIOLA(2014) by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and beautiful, sonorous tone of the unaccompanied viola. Ranging from lyric tenderness to powerful and sometimes fiery displays, the 3 movements, Internal Dialogue, Moving Outward, and Extroversion, 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 concert work as well as an impressive contest piece. This work is dedicated to violist, Emanuel Olivieri. (8’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3
THREE CHARACTER SKETCHES FOR SOLO VIOLA, B442  $8.95


Vega coverVEGA 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 music ranges from lyric tenderness to powerful, and sometimes fiery technical displays. The music work a wide array of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated music language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes this composition accessible as well as an impressive contest piece. (7’30” ) Grade V.
 Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3 View on YouTube
VEGA OF LYRA for solo harp, B437 $12.00


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