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Trumpet with one other instrument, or voice, or electronic recording
(includes trumpet & piano) Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis:

Alien Loop de Loops for trumpetALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for trumpet and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a playful fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the work. The composer envisioned a performer outside in an open area during an air show by an alien craft. During the opening section he/she plays unaccompanied, but then is joined by the recording, which contains sounds generated by traditional instruments as well as an "alien" voice, the spacecraft, and various electronic effects. Technically, the title refers to how the recording was made. It consists of numerous sound loops combined to form an imaginative and picturesque sonic tapestry. The publication includes sheet music and a CD containing a performance track and the accompaniment track. (6’47”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for trumpet & electronic recording, B446B $20.00



ATMOSPHERES (2005) for trumpet/flügelhorn and one percussion by Howard J. Buss in 3 movements: The Wakening; One Sunday, Long Ago; and On-the-Edge. It was commissioned by the Double Take Duo. The first begins with a mysterious and turbulent section featuring dramatic contrasts of dynamics and mood. This gives way to passages with a hint of playfulness and culminates in a dance-like section with a distinctively Latin flare. One Sunday, Long Ago is divided into 2 parts: the first uses lyrical, soaring melodies played on the Flügelhorn over a delicate ostinato on the maracas. Notable about the percussion part in this section is that the percussionist also plays the bongos and tambourine with the bodies of the maracas, and the suspended cymbals with the butts of the maraca handles. It ends with an intriguing interplay between the marimba and the Flügelhorn, creating a beautiful, almost meditative, atmosphere. The final movement is energetic, highly dramatic, and is obviously influenced by jazz. The percussion used includes marimba (to low A), two suspended cymbals, bongos, temple blocks, tambourine, maracas, wood ’30”) Grade V. 
Recorded on the Double Take Duo CD Atmospheres (available from Brixton Publications)

Sound samples: Movement 1 excerpt.mp3; Movement 2 excerpt A.mp3; excerpt B.mp3;

Movement 3 excerpt A.mp3, excerpt B.mp3

ATMOSPHERES for trumpet/flügelhorn & one percussion sheet music, B398 $30.00


DISCOURSE (1962) for trumpet and trombone by Edward Troupin.
Edward Troupin (1925-2004) enjoyed an international reputation as a composer of instrumental music. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a professor of music at Ithaca College and later the University of Florida, he inspired numerous young composers. Troupin’s sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. Discourse for trumpet and trombone was composed in 1962, further edited in 2006 by Howard Buss. It is in 5 short movements: Assertion, Reflection, Eulogy, Fantasy, and Comedy. The contrasting sections combine in charming balance making a memorable concert feature. 2 scores included. (8’) Grade IV-V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

DISCOURSE for trumpet & trombone, B701 $12.00 


THE FROG, HE FLY...ALMOST (2000) for high voice and C trumpet by Roger C. Vogel is an entertaining and humorous look at the amazing amphibian. The vocal range is c# (below the treble staff) to Bb above the staff.
 (5’) Grade V. Sound sample.mp3  -  Score sample.pdf
Text: The Frog, He Fly...Almost (Anonymous)
What a wonderful bird the frog are--
When he stand he sit almost;
When he hop, he fly almost.
He ain’t got no sense hardly;
He ain’t got no tail hardly either.
When he sit, he sit on what he ain’t got almost.

THE FROG, HE FLY...ALMOST for high voice & C trumpet, B916  $10.00


INCANTATION (1994) for Bb trumpet & one percussion by Howard J. Buss evokes the mystery and enchantment of the sorcerer's ritual. Tightly structured sections contrast with free-form passages in a manner analogous to the interaction of order and mysticism in an incantation. Printed in the score is the poem "Incantation" (see below) by the composer which may be narrated before the performance and/or used as written program notes. The instrumentation includes vibes, two suspended cymbals, tam-tam, bell tree, wind chimes, cowbell, hi-hat, and tambourine. “The audience was mesmerized as the two wizards cast their unforgettable musical spell.” - The Chicago Tribune. (8’) Grade V.  Recorded on Double Take. (CD available from Brixton Publications). It has also been recorded on the Equilibrium CD EQ58 "Old News" by Stephen Dunn, trumpet and John Pennington, percussion; and on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Diego Arias and Yu-Jung Chung (IBS Classical, Spain).
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2 mp3
Text of "Incantation" (free verse by Howard J. Buss) that may be used as program notes):
The sorcerer's ritual -
     based upon science, cast in hope,
          ceremony of portent in a universe of laws,
Unseen enchantment empowered to move the unheard.
Mystical phrases, coldly calculated, yet obscured by sonic spells,
     altered perceptions of immutable reality.
Are not the senses willingly shaken for effect
     no less violated by the magician's design?
Perhaps all can be forgiven -
     for the allure and beauty of incantation
          transcends the cares of scheme and reason.

INCANTATION for trumpet & one percussion, B322  $16.00


LITURGICAL IMPRESSIONS (1986) for C trumpet and organ by Robert J. Frank in 3 movements: Introit opens with a formal invocation via a melodic 12-tone row in the trumpet, which warms into flowing melodies when joined by the glowing sonorities of the organ’s chorale.  In Sanctus the quiet but powerful nature of reverent worship, images of the holy flames above the Ark of the Covenant, and the definition of holy: “being set apart” find musical expression.  In Gloria, brilliant gestures of unbridled joyful praise burst forth, culminating in the final section where themes from all 3 movements combine to form a thrilling conclusion. This work has been recorded by trumpeter Grant Peters and organist Charles Ore on the CD “Friendly Amendments: New Music for Trumpet and Organ by American Composers.” (11’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt Movement 3.mp3

LITURGICAL IMPRESSIONS for C trumpet and organ (sheet music) B715  $18.50


Meditation and Caprice  coverNew Edition! MEDITATION AND CAPRICE (1994) for trumpet and piano by Howard J. Buss. This is a new engraved edition of the composition that had been published in the composer’s manuscript. The musical content remains the same.The beautiful and contemplative opening movement is followed by a jubilant and energetic fantasy characterized by sparkling melodies and driving rhythms. This work is an exciting addition to any program and also is an effective contest piece. The score and a Bb trumpet part are included. (8’36") Grade V. 
Score and part sample (score in C, part in Bb): Excerpts.pdf

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

Caprice: Excerpt 3 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3; Excerpt 6.mp3

MEDITATION AND CAPRICE for trumpet & piano, B324  $18.00


Night Moves_coverNIGHT MOVES for Bb trumpet and piano by Roger C. Vogel. The idea of starting, moving, and changing moods late at night is the focus of this work. A slow, lyrical first movement is followed by a vigorous fast concluding section. The music is sophisticated, yet audience-friendly. (6’) Grade V.
– score & part included-
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3 - YouTube video
NIGHT MOVES for Bb trumpet & piano, B947 $16.00 


Rhapsody for trumpet and piano by David Sterrett coverRHAPSODY for trumpet and piano by David M. Sterrett conveys a sense of loss, longing, and ultimately the restorative power of hope – more specifically, the point where pain of loss is still present but hope has awoken, offering a glimpse of something new, and begins to gradually reshape it. This work is published with the piano score and two trumpet parts, one in Bb and one in C. (6’25”) Grade V.
Sound Excerpts: 1.mp3, 2.mp3
RHAPSODY for trumpet and piano, B122 $16.50


SKYLINES (2002) for trumpet and piano by Howard Buss (Solo Bb and C parts included) is in two engaging movements, Panorama, suggests the expansive grandeur of cityscape. The second, Amid the Spires, is hugely influenced by jazz and captures the dynamic energy of life on the busy streets. Commissioned for Eric Berlin and the 2003 ITG Conference. (10’30”) Grade V.  
Sound samples: Movement 1: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3

Movement 2: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3

Skylines also exists in a version for solo trumpet (Bb or C) and orchestra.
SKYLINES for trumpet & piano, B380T $18.50


SONATA FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO (1984, revised 2006) by Robert J. Frank is cast in three movements: Con Forza, Adagio, and Allegro Pesante. Inspired by the neo-classical “Gebrachmusik” of Hindemith, this early work by the composer builds upon the traditional sonata form. Contrasting themes in the the first movement are developed and combined in numerous manners within a modified sonata allegro form. The second movement uses a derivative of the Russian folk tune, “Bears Are Sleeping” for its second theme within a ternary form. The third movement contrapuntally combines and develops themes in a virtuosic, modified rondo. Recorded by Grant Peters on the CD “From the Hills.”  (16’) Grade V-VI. 
Sound samples: Excerpt Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt Movement 3.mp3

SONATA FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO, B713 $16.50


SUITE CHANGES (1985) for trumpet and piano by Morgan Powell is a masterful expression of its poetic preface: “The sweetness of dreams, the sweetness of what is implied - restlessly remembered.” It was commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild of New York City for David Bilger. It was premiered by Mr. Bilger and Jim Winn in the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1986. Recorded on the CD “Morgan Powell” by Ray Sasaki, trumpet and Jean Dayton Sasaki, piano on New World Records 80499-2. (15’11”) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

SUITE CHANGES for trumpet & piano, B501 $16.50


The Haydn Refashioned coverNew! "THE HAYDN" REFASHIONED for Bb trumpet and piano by Allen Molineux is a theme and variations based on the “Andante” of Franz Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. The title implies that the composer has approached the variations in a more modern (well, not up-to-date modern, just more so than late 18th Century) and playful vein. It should also be noted that while each variation is based on the opening theme itself, other parts of the Concerto's second movement materialize, as do brief cameo appearances of themes from the outer movements. Score and part included.
(6’20”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3 Score samples: Excerpts.pdf
"THE HAYDN" REFASHIONED for Bb trumpet and piano, B773 $12.00


THREE JAZZICALS (2009) for Bb trumpet and tuba by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements - To Bop or Not to Bop, Sounds from the Cool Smoke, and Hotish. The composer states, “ In Three Jazzicals 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 is the resultant this procedure. It is understood that 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 some.” The instruments employed have been traditionally used in jazz. However, stripped away is the rhythm section; traditional chord progressions; melodic, rhythmic and formal clichés; and improvisation. Among the elements kept is the allowance for personal expression through each player’s tone, inflections, and articulations. The players are specifically asked not to swing at any time.  (12’)  Grade V-VI.   YouTube video (movement 2)

Sound samples: Excerpt Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt Movement 3.mp3

THREE JAZZICALS for Bb trumpet & tuba, B418 $20.00 


TIME CAPSULE (1996) by Howard J. Buss is an sonatina in 4 movements: Daybreak, Chorale, Rendezvous, and Homeward Bound and is both fun to play and listen to. The first movement has a frolicking and optimistic character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer. The harmonies of the second movement contain some spicy dissonances as well. Rendezvous, is in a lilting 6/8 and builds excitement as it progresses to an exciting climax. The final movement, Homeward Bound, begins with a fanfare-like passage that gives way to a spirited dance with intriguing interplay between the instruments. (7’) Grade IV-V.
Sound excerpts (trumpet-trombone version):
Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3.mp3, Movement 4.mp3

TIME CAPSULE-version for flute (or piccolo) & trumpet (or cornet) B350T $8.95
TIME CAPSULE -version for trumpet & tenor trombone B350A $8.95


Totally Tubular coverTOTALLY TUBULAR for oboe/English horn and trumpet/flügelhorn by Howard J. Buss. Its 3 movements traverse a wide variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The first, Initiations, is scored for oboe and muted trumpet. Waveful features the beautiful and enchanting combination of the English horn and flügelhorn. The performers shift back onto the oboe and trumpet for the stirring final movement, Emanations. The titles of the movements, as well as that of the larger work, refer to a number of uses of the expression ‘totally tubular.” Obviously, the instruments used in the piece are tubular. The expression is used in popular culture to indicate excitement, or that something is “rad“, cool”, or “punk.” Among surfers the expression has been used to describe particularly impressive breaking barrel waves. Players read from score, Two scores are provided. (8’5”) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

TOTALLY TUBULAR for oboe/English horn & trumpet/flügelhorn (2 scores) B482 $20.00


VOYAGES (1996) for trumpet and one percussion by Roger C. Vogel. This colorful work in 3 movements was commissioned by trumpeter Edward Sandor and is recorded on ACA Compact Disc CM 20042. The duration of the movements are I. 5'45", II. 5'45", and III. 5'20". It is scored for C trumpet, B-flat piccolo trumpet, B-flat flügelhorn, vibes, snare drum, suspended cymbal, and steel drum. The composer writes in the performance notes, "If a treble steel drum is not available, then the part may be played entirely on the vibraphone (without rolls.) The flügelhorn part may be played on a Bb trumpet with a bucket mute or felt hat." (17’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt Movement 1.mp3 Excerpt Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt Movement 3.mp3

VOYAGES for trumpet & one percussion, B909 $22.00

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