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Trombone or euphonium in chamber music - trios: Works are loisted in alphabetical order.
(An asterisk, "*", after the word "trombone" means that the part may also be played by a euphonium.)
A THOUSAND WORDS for clarinet, viola, and trombone by Thomas Zugger in 4 movements: Irony, Blue Image, Serenity and Rush Hour. At first the instrumentation may sound implausible. However, this work is masterfully written and the instrumental combination works exquisitely. (14) Grade V. YouTube video
Score samples (transposed score):
Excerpt, Movement 1.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 2.pdf;
Excerpt, Movement 3.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 4.pdf
CAPRICCIO (1986) for clarinet, trombone and one percussion by Howard J. Buss is a whimsical composition. Its overall structure is related to sonata-rondo form. Following an introduction, the frolicking Exposition unfolds only to be interrupted by a chorale-like episode followed by a paraphrase of the opening thematic material. The development section consists primarily of cadenzas for the percussionist, trombonist, and clarinetist respectively. (The cadenzas are separated by colorful transitional passages.) The clarinet cadenza is abruptly interrupted by the percussionist and trombonist leading to a section in Dixieland style. The composition concludes with a Recapitulation and Coda. Capriccio subtly pokes fun at the pyrotechnical characteristics exhibited by many contemporary compositions and the same time hints at a parallel with similar elements in Dixieland and jazz. It was premiered in at the University of South Florida in Tampa by the composer on trombone, clarinetist Judy E. Buss, and percussionist Robert McCormick on November 24, 1981. The instrumentation includes 5 tom-toms, snare drum, tambourine, suspended cymbals, cowbells, triangle, tam-tam, bell tree, one timpani, vibes and bells. "Frolicking and freewheeling with 12-tone Dixieland to boot!" - The London Times (13) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3 (the ending)
CONTRASTS IN BLUE (2001) for trumpet, trombone*, and piano by Howard J. Buss. The 2 movements, Evening Shadows and Summer Sea, are 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 V.
Movement 1 Sample.mp3; Movement 2 Sample A.mp3; Movement 2 Sample B.mp3
DIVERTIMENTO (1969) for trumpet, trombone* & horn by Edward Troupin. Troupins sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. His Divertimento for trumpet, trombone, and French horn was composed in 1969. In this brass trio the beautiful and lyrical Andante is surrounded by brilliant, energetic movements. The contrasting sections within each movement combine in charming balance to make a memorable concert feature. (9) Grade IV.
EMANATIONS for two euphoniums (or euphonium & tuba) and drum set by Howard J. Buss is in three movements: Variegated Anticipation, Serenity, and Faceted Radiance. This work is dedicated to Patrick Nyren and was premiered by him and Chris Kaltenbach on euphonium, and Michael Serbantez on percussion on March 23, 2016 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The second euphonium part is easily played on a tuba. The percussionist uses a standard drum set. (17’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 3.mp3
FLORIDA TABLEAU (1987) for clarinet, trombone and piano by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements: The March of Progress features dramatic contrasts 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 is impressionistic and paints a sonic portrait of rural Florida's vast pasture lands, forests, lakes, and the Everglades. The Eternal Sea begins and ends with turbulent sections, one can easily imagine great waves crashing on the shoreline. The middle part of the movement has a swashbuckling and almost humorous quality about it, suggesting people frolicking at the beach. 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
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 a significant, audience-friendly concert work. Imaginations was composed for Gene Berger, horn; John Seidel, trombone; and Liz Beth Seidel, piano. (13’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement 1, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 1, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2, excerpt 1.mp3;
Movement 2, excerpt 2.mp3
JAZZICAL #5 for euphonium, tuba and piano by Howard J. Buss, was written for Gail Robertson and Stacy Baker for ITEC 2016. This engaging work juxtaposes technical and spiritual elements of jazz and classical music. (7’30”) Grade V. - Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3, Excerpt_2.mp3, Excerpt_3.mp3
SERENDIPITY SUITE for trumpet (Eb, Bb, and Bb piccolo), trombone, and piano by Howard was composed in the late summer of 2016 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 & part included -
Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3.mp3
TRIGON (1989) for trumpet, trombone, and tuba by Howard J. Buss. This riveting, energetic piece is characterized by lyrical passages juxtaposed with aggressive, angular sections. All 3 players are given substantial solo lines in this exciting tour de force. (10) Grade V.
VENTURES (2014) for solo euphonium and percussion (1 or 2 players) by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to Patrick Nyren. It's 3 movements, Boldly, Introspective, and Go!, demonstrate the incredible expressive range and technical capabilities of the instruments. The percussion setup is designed so that it can be performed by 1 or 2 players. The work was premiered on November 2, 2014 by Patrick Nyren, euphonium, and percussionists Daniel Lyons and Kenny Goss at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. It is a "must" for all serious euphonium players!
(14'45") Grade VI.
Sound samples: Movement 1_excerpt 1.mp3);
Movement 1_excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2_excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 2_excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 3_excerpt 1.mp3;
Movement 3_excerpt 2.mp3 View on YouTube Ventures: I. Boldly, Ventures: II. Introspective, and Ventures: III Go!
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