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Trumpet ensembles (in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis):
AVE VERUM CORPUS by Mozart transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet - 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone). A bass clef part is included for the 4th part in case a bass trumpet is not available. This sensitive rendition of one of Mozarts most sublime works makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (330) Grade III. Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3, Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3
BLAZONS FIVE (2016) for 5-part trumpet ensemble by Howard J. Buss This spirited composition makes a rousing concert feature, a festive work for a special event, or an impressive contest piece. It is scored for 5 Bb trumpets with player 1 doubling on a Bb piccolo. The colorful scoring combined with the joyous character of the music makes this a memorable audience-friendly composition. (7’45”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet : 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone). A bass clef part is included for the 4th part in case a bass trumpet is not available. An optional Eb part is included as a substitute for part 1.This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. It makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a memorable musical offering in church. (2'30") Grade III. Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf
DRY BONES, the well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone's connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to the...) arranged for trumpet quartet - 3 Bb & one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone) by Howard Buss, makes a memorable concert feature as well as a rousing musical offering in church. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble. This arrangement is hugely influenced by jazz. The composer wrote an extended two-part introduction which begins hymn-like, and then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual; however, as the music reaches its climax, the jazz "licks" from the introduction are brought back as counterpoint against the main melody of the spiritual. The result is exhilarating, and for a bit of humor, just as the work ends, there is a "tongue-in-cheek" plagal cadence. (230) Grade IV.
Score Sample.pdf Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3
FANFARE AND CAPRICE for four trumpets by David M. Sterrett a short, fun, and exciting program opener meant to grab an audience’s attention and give a quick taste of some of the more brilliant characteristics of the trumpet – a bold and stately fanfare at the beginning, followed by music that features the more technical and agile side of the trumpet. A score and two sets of parts are provided with this publication. One is for Bb trumpets and one is for C trumpets. (2’30”) Grade V. Sound Excerpts: # 1.mp3, # 2.mp3
FESTIVE OVERTURE (2003) for 8-part Bb trumpet ensemble by Howard Buss. Joyous and energetic sections contrasting with subdued, and at times, mystical passages. Much color interest is added by the sensitive use of mutes, as well as by player 1 doubling on piccolo trumpet and player 6 doubling on Flügelhorn. This engaging work makes a rousing, memorable feature number. Commissioned for Jay Coble and the 2004 ITG Conference. (630) Grade V.
Score Sample.pdf - Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3
JUBILANCE (2003) for 6-part Bb trumpet ensemble by Rodney S. Miller is an uplifting and accessible work, a true joy to play and listen to. Following an introductory pyramid fanfare, the composition is developed in ABA form. With rhythmic energy, interesting harmonies, and a bright tempo, the first theme captures the spirit of jubilant excitement. The contrasting second theme allows the ensemble to demonstrate some haunting sonorities as the piece slowly builds, utilizing both minor and modal harmonies. The concluding section marks the return of the opening theme and culminates in a rousing finish. (430) Grade IV-V.
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
ILLUMINATIONS IN BRASS (2003) for solo Bb trumpet & 6-part trumpet ensemble by Roger C. Vogel was written for Fred Mills and the University of Georgia Trumpet Ensemble. The title refers to intellectual enlightment as well as to physical brightening. The brilliant and energetic opening fast section eventually gives way to a more subdued and reflective slower section before the opening mood returns and builds in ever-increasing intensity to the rousing conclusion. The trumpet ensemble is scored for Bb piccolo trumpet, 2 Bb trumpets, 2 Bb Flügelhorns, and Bb bass trumpet (with an optional trombone part included as a substitute for part 6. (1000) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3 - YouTube Video
PRELUDE AND INTRADA (2006) for four Bb trumpets by Howard Buss features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude is a combination of fanfare and lyrical sections as well as tonal and polytonal harmonies. Intrada is in an ABA-Coda format and features crisp, energetic rhythms and lyrical contrapuntal writing. This work makes a memorable feature number or an impressive contest piece. Multiple players may be used on the parts to expand the ensemble. (515) Grade V.
Transposed score sample.pdf; Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
RENDEZVOUS for four B-flat trumpets & one percussion by Howard J. Buss is a showpiece composed for and premiered at the 1994 International Trumpet Guild Conference. It opens with a stirring fugue (the percussionist performs the subject on the xylophone). Following the opening section are an intriguing series of passages featuring contrapuntal writing and the use of ostinati. The work culminates in an intense and exciting finale. Rhythmically and harmonically, the music is influenced by jazz. Percussion: 2 suspended cymbals, temple blocks, tam tam, 5 tomtoms, and finger cymbals. The percussion writing employs primarily 2 mallet technique with some use of 4 mallets on the xylophone in a passage of repeated eighth note chords. Rendezvous was first performed on June 18, 1994 during the I.T/G. Conference by percussionist David Collier and trumpeters James Ketch, Charles Gates, Roy C. Griffen & Craig Hurst. (8) Grade V. Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
RICERCARE ON C by Andrea Gabriel (1510-1586) transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet : 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone.) A bass clef part is included for the 4th part if a bass trumpet is not available. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. Particularly interesting are the meter changes involving metric modulations, a trait found in much of the dance music of the day. It makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as an uplifting musical offering in church. (230) Grade III. Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf
THE WALLS OF JERICHO (2003) for solo Bb trumpet & six-part Bb trumpet ensemble by Howard
Buss was composed for Jay Coble and the University
of South Florida Trumpet Ensemble. Inspired by the Biblical story of Joshua
and the Battle of Jericho, the music is characterized by a juxtaposition
of intense, energetic sections with subdued passages. A great deal of
color interest is added by the sensitive use of mutes in the solo and
ensemble parts, as well as by the players on parts one and four doubling
on Flügelhorn. This is a rousing feature number for the advanced ensemble. (845) Grade V.
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