String music, unaccompanied

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String solos, unaccompanied (works are in alphabetical order)

Awakening cover  AWAKENING (2011) for solo harp by Howard Buss is a soulful composition 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 solo harp, B307H $12.00 


Guitarists Day cover THE 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 


Three Character Sketches cover THREE 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. Three Character Sketches for Solo Viola 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 cover 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, and 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 composition an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece. (7’30” ) Grade V.
 Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3 B437 $12.00 View on YouTube

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VEGA OF LYRA for solo harp, B437 $12.00


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