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Trumpet in chamber music - quintets and larger
(in alphabetical order, durations in parenthesis)

Brass Miniatures coverBRASS MINIATURES for brass quintet by Howard J. Buss is in 4 short movements inspired by light and images reflected on polished brass: On the Edge, Refractions, Facets, and Illuminated Reflections. In November of 2018 the composer found a box labeled “1974” in a storage closet. It contained a collection of long-lost scores he had composed 4½ decades earlier. Upon examining the music it was apparent that in these works was a trove of youthful musical ideas that could be developed, polished, and edited into exciting “new” compositions. The musical content of first 3 movements of is close to that in the 1974 brass quintet. The final movement was rewritten to include elements of the original score, but updated to be closer to the composer’s current musical language. While On the Edge, Refractions, and Facets, have a decided edginess to them; Illuminated Reflections is more consonant and lyrical. It includes subtle references to material in the previous movements as well a buffed rendition of the opening melody of the first movement in its coda. Score and parts are included. (7’22”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

- Score sample: Excerpts.pdf

BRASS MINIATURES for brass quintet, score and 5 parts, B481 $18.50


BROM BONES for 10-part brass choir by Howard J. Buss musically depicts the character and exploits of Washington Irving’s dashing prankster in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The ensemble consists of 4 Bb trumpets (an optional Eb part is included for trumpet 1), one French horn, 3 tenor trombones, one bass trombone and tuba. This entertaining work is in 5 movements, the first two are interconnected:
I. Overture   (2:00), II. The Smoke Out (2.40)III. The Schoolhouse Caper (2:00),
                          IV. Ichabod’s Romance (3:40, )V. Night Encounter (3:10)         
Following the energetic and heroic Overture, in The Smoke Out tone clusters represent the buildup of smoke in Ichabod’s singing school. Chorale-like passages suggest the music of the singers in training. The movement ends in transition, as Brom Bones and his small band of pranksters gallop off to their next adventure. The third movement, The Schoolhouse Caper, combines very aggressive and topsy-turvy passages with humorous, plodding interjections. Ichabod’s Romance begins as a beautiful unaccompanied ballad which is abruptly disturbed by a cacophony of muted brass, suggesting the whining of Brom’s mocking dog. Beautiful hymn-like sections serve as the backdrop to heartfelt solo passages, which are again disturbed by Brom’s annoying dog. The movement ends as it began, with the beautiful  solo. The intense final movement, Night Encounter, depicts Ichabod’s frightening and fateful run-in with the Headless Horseman, suspected by some to be Brom Bones  in disguise.
(14’30”) Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

Score sample: Excerpts.pdf


BROM BONES for 10-part brass choir, B405BC $58.50

     
CASCADES for brass quintet
by Roger  C. Vogel. Musical “cascades” rush forth from one another throughout in this exciting new work.This work is in 3 main sections. A fast energetic opening eventually gives way to a slower section before the opening mood returns in increasing intensity to the rousing conclusion.  This accessible composition makes an outstanding contest piece, feature number, or because of its character, a dashing encore. (4’) Grade IV-V.
Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3)
CASCADES for brass quintet,B928 $16.50


CHROMATIC FANTASY (1997) for brass quintet by Howard J. Buss was composed for the United States Air Force Brass Quintet. This exciting and engaging“tour de force” is a riveting excursion through driving ostinati and sparkling chromatic flourishes. Chromatic Fantasy was premiered by the U.S.A.F. Brass Quintet at the Eastern Trombone Workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Band in Ft. Meyer. (8’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3 Excerpt 2.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf

CHROMATIC FANTASY for brass quintet, B356 $18.50


CONCORD (1990) for brass quintet by Howard J. Buss teems with the vitality of youth. Lyrical passages are juxtaposed with fanfare-like sections to create a dramatic and festive atmosphere. Written for the opening of a performing arts high school in Florida, this exciting composition was winner of the 1991 “Erik Satie Award” of New York City.  Grade V. Sound Samples: Sample 1.mp3, Sample 2.mp3, Sample 3.mp3

- Score sample: Excerpt.pdf

CONCORD for brass quintet, B313 $18.50 


Fanfare ala Stravinsky coverNew! FANFARE `A LA STRAVINSKY for three small antiphonal brass choirs (a brass quintet and 2 brass trios) by David M. Sterrett. The total number of instruments used is 4 trumpets, 3 horns, 3 trombones, and one tuba. This exciting antiphonal work features loud, brazen chords collectively sounding from groups of players spatially separated, fast melodic lines and gestures being passed around from group to group, different groups competing for attention, etc. The composer weaves in 3 brief quotes from 3 works by Stravinsky at the fanfare's 3 high points. This is a antiphonal brass fanfare with a modern twist, a fanfare 'a la Stravinsky. Score and parts are included. (2'15") Grade V.
Score sample including a diagram of the setup: Excerpts.pdf - Recording.mp3

FANFARE `A LA STRAVINSKY score and parts B124 $22.00


PLANE DANCING (1984) for flute, trumpet, bass clarinet, bass trombone, and two percussion by Erik Lund is music with thrust, intensely alive. Percussion distribution - Perc.1: 3 cymbals, tom toms (5), vibraphone, temple blocks, iron frying pan, cow bell, and brake drum; Perc. 2: Maracas. “An excellent addition to the chamber music program.” - Percussive Notes (5’) Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3
PLANE DANCING for flute, trumpet, bass clarinet, bass trombone and 2 percussion, B402 $30.00


RENDEZVOUS (1994) for four B-flat trumpets and 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 during the 1994 I.T.G. Conference by percussionist David Collier and trumpeters James Ketch, Charles Gates, Roy C. Griffen and Craig Hurst. (8’) Grade V.
Rendezvous Sound Samples:Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3

RENDEZVOUS for 4 Bb trumpets & one percussion, B332 $28.50


SONATA K. 380 by Scarlatti, Domenico for brass quintet, transcribed by Howard J. Buss was originally composed for keyboard by Domenico Scarlatti around the year 1754 and was titled Sonata in E Major K. 380 (Longo 23). This transcription for brass quintet preserves the essential traits of the composer’s unique style, including his compositional use of register with florid treble parts and a strictly functional, supportive bass. (6’30”) Grade IV.

SONATA K. 380 for brass quintet, B1002 $8.95   


SONIC FABLES: “Lessons from Aesop” (1991) for brass quintet and one percussion by Howard J. Buss. Entertaining musical representations of 6 of Aesop’s famous fables are presented between a Prelude and Postlude. The text of the fables is printed on a preliminary page to the score and may be used as written program notes. Each fable may also by recited by a member of the ensemble or a narrator prior to performing the accompanying movement. Because of the programmatic subject matter and the colorful spirit of the music, Sonic Fables works well with all types of audiences, including those of children. It is frequently performed as a feature number on school programs. Percussion: 2 suspended cymbals, temple blocks, snare drum, tomtom, triangle, tambourine, wind chimes, xylophone, and tam-tam. The total duration is about 17 minutes. The 8 movements may be performed in smaller groupings if so desired by the performers. (18’) Grade V-VI.
Sound Excerpts: Prelude.mp3 (with the beginning of narrator's lead-in to the first fable)

The Hawk and the Nightingale.mp3; The Middle-Aged Man and His Two Mistresses.mp3;

The Cat and the Rooster.mp3 (excerpt) The PipingFisherman.mp3 (with the beginning of narrator's lead-in to the next movement)

The Fox and the Leopard.mp3; The Lion and the Bear.mp3; Postlude.mp3

SONIC FABLES: “Lessons from Aesop” for brass quintet and 1 percussion, B339 $36.00


SPANISH MEMOIRS (2004) for solo trumpet & percussion quartet by Howard J. Buss. Spicy, zesty Latin rhythms are juxtaposed with soaring lyrical melodies hugely influenced by jazz. The music is both accessible and sophisticated, audiences love it! Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Vibes, snare drum, conga drum, tambourine, and wood block; Perc.2: Marimba, sand blocks, and claves; Perc.3: Marimba and guiro; Perc. 4: Marimba, bass drum, 2 suspended cymbals, bongos, maracas and tam-tam. (10’) Grade V. "...sure to be applauded by soloist, ensemble and audience alike. A melodious trumpet part, an animated accompaniment featuring toe-tapping rhythms, some flashy mallet playing, and the influences of the jazz and Latin idioms will go a long way to ensure the success of this piece." - John R. Raush, Percussive Notes - June 2005.
Recorded on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Diego Arias and Yu-Jung Chung et al (available from Brixton).

score sample.pdf, performance notes.pdf

Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

SPANISH MEMOIRS for solo trumpet & percussion quartet, B392 $34.00

Tribute To  Stephen Foster coverNew! TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN FOSTER “A Medley of Six Favorites” arranged for brass quintet by Howard J. Buss. Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) is often referred to as “the father of American music.” Many of his songs serve as a window into the spirit of America in his day. Others are exquisitely sentimental. Whether or not one approves of the lyrics of his minstrel songs, the enduring beauty and vitality of his melodies cannot be denied. In addition to the 6 Foster songs in this arrangement, Buss interjects 2 other well-known melodies. The “First Call” bugle call is woven into the tapestry of Camptown Races” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me” serves as a partner song to “Ring, Ring, the Banjo.”
I. “Old Black Joe” (2’)
II. “Camptown Races” (1’40”)
III. “Beautiful Dreamer” (2’15”)
IV. “Old Folks at Home” also known as “Swanee River” (2’12”)
V. “Ring, Ring the Banjo” – “Oh, Susannah!” (2’41”)
The movements may be played individually or in smaller groupings. The total duration is about 11’ without pauses between the movements. Score & parts included. Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf;

Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3

TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN FOSTER for brass quintet, B498 $28.50 



WARP! (1994) for brass quintet by Robert J. Frank. The title was inspired by the term from Star Trek where warp engines would bend time and space to propel the ship at incredible speeds. Exploring relationships between time and space in a musical sense, this work begins with motives and fragments free-floating in space. These gradually build in energy and motion until coming into phase with one another. After this cadence, a motor section expands and develops the previous free-floating motives over driving, repeated patterns. As the speed increases, these motives fade in and out of phase with each other until the motives come back into phase at "warp speed" in the exciting finish. (3') Grade V.
Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf

WARP! for brass quintet, B716 $16.50 

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