concert music for student and professional musicians:
Our new publication The Three Sackbuteers Enter Valhalla for trombone trio by Howard J. Buss has been named winner of the 2018 American Trombone Workshop’s National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
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New sheet music releases: (top of page)
New Editions! SEASIDE REFLECTIONS (1993, revised 2018) by Howard Buss captures
the serenity of musing by the sea. On the preface page to the score is printed the following free verse by the composer. It is suggested that the poem be narrated immediately before the performance and/or printed in the program notestoset themoodforthe music:: On
the shore of eternity swirling currents of liquid chaos gather for and disperse
as foam. As rock wears to sand all dissonance transforms to serenity. Time
presses no longer. This is a memorable recital piece with audience appeal. (7) Grade IV.
ANNE OF THE WAVES (2018) for solo flute by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by Paul McReynolds for Anne Marie McReynolds. The 3 movements, From the Waves, Dreaming, and Glistening, explore a wide array of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mystical, to the contemplative, to soaring, vibrant passages. A common rhythmic thread in the musical tapestry is adaptation of “Anne of the Waves” as expressed in Morse Code. The use of code refers to the fact that both Anne and Paul McReynolds are airplane pilots. Morse Code is still used today in aviation. The rhythms in the music derived from code appear in a variety of contexts, such as sections in a lilting 6/8, a flowing waltz, and in a more abstract, sparkling way in the final movement. However, it is not necessary to know Morse Code to enjoy this work. Musically, the rhythms resulting from its use serve as a unifying factor throughout.. (7’45”) Grade IV-V.
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3.mp3
FANFARES (1981, 2018) for band or wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss is a collage of fanfares of varying length and color. This patriotic work (inspired by the release of the American hostages in Iran) has been included in the Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. “An excellent choice for contest.” - The Instrumentalist, “Nancy and I enjoyed the performance immensely.” - President Ronald Reagan, “It has all that you look for in an extended ‘fanfare’ to open a big program and deserves the attention of those bands capable of modest Grade V music.” - Dr. James Croft in The Florida Music Director. (7’15”) Grade V. Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
JALS (just a little something) for solo flute by Allen Molineux, in 3 movements: Rag, Blues, and Swing. The composer states, “I decided to write it after reading a flutist's call for scores. It was mentioned in it that she liked playing blues and swing and that the work should be no more than fives minutes in duration. Initially, I wanted to have a slow blues movement followed by a fast swing, but soon realized that a spirited opener was needed before getting to the slow blues. That meant creating a three movement set with each being approximately a minute and a half long. The melodic, harmonic and rhythmic essences of each movement's traditional style are co-mingled with those of my own, which hopefully produces a fresh, yet familiar feel.” (5’35”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3.mp3
LULLABYE FOR BEAR for flute & guitar by Lee Heritage was composed at the request of Samuel Adler and was first performed as a postlude to a lecture he presented at the Brevard Music Center in the summer of 1977. The performers at the premiere performance were flutist Amy Heritage and pianist Andrew Cooperstock. Later, Dr. Heritage created a version of this work for flute and guitar. In 1997 Lullabye for Bear won second place in the Composer’s Guild Music for Children composition competition. The reviewer wrote: “This is a beautiful work that is appealing and well constructed. The composer uses conservative modern materials in a fresh manner in the spirit of children with limited technical difficulties. Delightful!” Grade III. (330) Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
VIBRANT HORIZONS (2018) for flute and wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss was composed for flutist Brian Luce. It is in 3 movements: New Beginnings (5’15”) has an optimistic character, and the spirited thrust of the music projects movement in a hopeful and positive direction. The contemplative second movement, Old Thoughts (5’45”), juxtaposes beautiful, atmospheric sections with brooding passages, as if to suggest a tension between desirable elements of the past with those that prompted the individual to seek new horizons. The final movement, Circles (6’30”), addresses the fact that once one is settled into a new situation, routines develop. When viewed over time these routines often resemble circular patterns. (17’30”)
Grade V. Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3,
Movement 2 - Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3 - Movement 3 - Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3
Concerts/Exhibits (top of page)
Everyone! You are invited to our exhibit at the 2019 Florda Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Clinic-Conference January 10-12, 2019 in the Tampa Convention Center; 333 South Franklin Street in Tampa, Florida. Everything in our catalog will be on display and available for purchase.
Flutists! Be sure to visit our exhibit at the Florida Flute Association Convention January 25-27, 2019 at the Orlando Airport Marriott
Ricordi d'amore for two harps by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier and a subsequent perfornace by Paola Devoti and Elisabetta Ghebbioni on December 8, 2018 in Pordenone, Italy and December 20, 2018 in Venice. More details will be announced. Ricordi d'amore will be published by Brixton Publications in late 2018 or early 2019.
Vibrant Horizons for flute and wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss will be performed by flutist Brian Luce and the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The concert is in Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd., Tuscon, Arizona. For more information phone (520) 621-1162. Tickets are $10,7,5.
Four Miniatures for clarinet and bass clarinet by Howard J. Buss will be performed at Clarinetfest 2019 hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville by Barry McGinnis and Karl Kolbeck. Place and time to be announced.
Recent Concerts of Note:
Zoom for bass trombone and harp by Howard J. Buss was performed on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by Nick Grigar, bass trombone, and Joanne King, harp, in the Sursa Performance Hall of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The concert was live-streamed.
Night Tide for trombone and marimba by Howard J. Buss was performed by John T. Mueller, trombone, and William Shaltis, marimba on September 30, 2018 in the Harris Concert Hall at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fables from Aesop for trombone and violin by Howard J. Buss was performed on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the Faulkner Performing Arts Center of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The perfomers were Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Cory Mixdorf, trombone; and Tim Thompson, narrator.
Among the Reeds for 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons and contrabassoon by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society in a concert by the All-Star Double Reed Band. The concert was in the Palacio Congresos Granada in Spain.
Fanfare for a Golden Era for 15 horns by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Monday, July 30, 2018 during the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Fanfare for a Golden Era was composed for the 50th Anniversary of the festival.
Into the Hall of Valor for horn and band by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Saturday, August 4, 2018 by hornist Frank Lloyd and the U.S. Army Field Band in the final Gala Concert of the International Horn Symposium hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. the concert was in Emens Auditorium on the BSU campus..
Flute Pizzazz for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss was performed on Friday, August 10, 2018 by Nora Lee Garcia, flute, and Laurent Boukobza, piano, during the National Flute Convention on the Exhibitors Concert in the Barrel Spring room of the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida.
Zephyrs of the Dawn for flute choir by Howard J. Buss was performed by the South Florida Flute Orchestra under the direction of Marie Schwartz on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The Enchanted Garden for bassoon and string trio by Howard J. Buss was performed by bassoonist Keith Sweger with You-Fang Chen, violin, Katrin Meidel, viola, and Peter Opie, cello on Saturday, April 7, 2018 during the College Music Society Regional Conference hosted by Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
Concerto for Euphonium, version for euphonium and piano, by Howard J. Buss received its official world premier on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at in Legacy Hall at Columbus State University in Georgia. Patrick Nyren soloed on euphonium, the pianist was Susan Hoskins.
Saxy for tenor sax and piano by Howard J. Buss was performed by saxophonist Barry McGinnis and pianist Sarah Masterson on their joint faculty recital at 7:30 PM in the AMC Rcital Hall at Newberry College in South Carolina on Wednesday, March 20, 2018
Saxy for tenor sax and piano by Howard J. Buss received its world premier by saxophonist Barry McGinnis and pianist Sarah Masterson during the North American Saxophone Association Symposium on Saturday March 10, 2018 in Watson Hall at the Cincinanti Convervatory of Music.
The Three Sackbuteers Enter Valhalla for trombone trio by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Friday, March 9, 2018 during the American Trombone Workshop hosted by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own. This work has been named winner of the 2018 American Trombone Workshop’s National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
Six Dialogues "Reflections on Plato" for flute and horn by Roger C. Vogel received its world premier performance during the Southeast Horn Symposium hosted by the University of Georgia School of Music, February 9-11, 2018.
Flute Pizzazz for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on January 27, 2018 the Florida Flute Convention in the Orlando Airport Marriott Convention Center by flutist Nora Lee Garcia and a pianist Theresa Bogard
Vibrant Horizons for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Saturday, January 27, 2018 during the Florida Flute Convention in the Orlando Airport Marriott Convention Center by flutist Brian Luce and pianist Rex Woods.
Zephyrs of the Dawn for flute choir by Howard J. Buss was performed by the South Florida Flute Orchestra under the direction of Marie Schwartz on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Florida Flute Convention at the Orlando Airport Marriott Convention Center.
Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on January 27, 2018 during the McCormick Marimba Festival hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa. The piece was performed by soloist Nick Bruno and the USF Percussion Ensemble.
Trombone Graffiti for trombone quartet by Howard J. Buss was performed on Saturday, November 11, 2017 by the American Trombone Quartet in the Recital Hall of the School of Music on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The concert was part of the Midwest Trombone-Tuba-Euphonium Symposium.
Sonic Fables: "Lessons from Aesop" for brass quintet and percussion by Howard J. Buss was performed Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at Palacio Villalegre in Guadix Granada in Spain. It was performed by the Granada Brass, percussionist Yolanda Chung, and narrator Javier Corral.
De La Madera for oboe and marimba by Howard J. Buss was performed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 on the Patel Conservatory’s Music Faculty Recital in the Straz Center’s TECO Theater. It was performed by Lauren Murray, oboe, and Meghan McManus, marimba.
Diversions for flute and trombone by Howard J. Buss was performed by flutist Denusa Castellain and trombonist Sidnei Pereira on August 15, 2017 at Centro Cultural Ítalo Brasileiro Dante Alighieri, in in Curitiba, Brazil .
Spectrum for solo bass clarinet and percussion ensemble by Howard J. Buss was performed at ClarinetFest 2017 on Friday, July 28 in Orlando, Florida by Allison Storochuk and the University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble. The concert was in the Seminole A/B and Lake Osceola/Ballrooms at the Double Tree Convention Center at the entrance of Universal Orlando.
Divertissements for clarinet and percussion by Howard J. Buss received its world premier at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, Florida by Kathleen Mulcahy and percussionist John Kilkenny. The concert was Friday, July 28, 2017 in Double Tree Convention Center at the entrance of Universal Orlando.
Serendipity Suite for trumpet, trombone, and piano by Howard J. Buss received its world premier by Brittany Hendricks, trumpet, Bruce Faske, trombone, and Topher Ruggiero, piano at the International Trombone Festival on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the University of the Redlands in California.
Spectrum for solo bass clarinet and percussion ensemble by Howard J. Buss was performed on the Collide Contemprary Music Series: Faculty Chamber Recital on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by Dr. Keith Koons and the University of Central Florida Percussion Ensemble. It was be in The Rehearsal Hall Auditorium on the Campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Spectrum for solo bass clarinet and percussion ensemble by Howard J. Buss was performed on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Dr. Allison Storochuk and the Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble. The concert was in the Wehr Band Room on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.
Sylvan Magic for clarinet and vibraphone by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on March 28, 2017 by Barry McGinnis on clarinet and John Roberts on vibes at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. The concert was in the West Memorial Recital Hall in the Alumni Music Center. Sylvan Magic will be published in the near future by Brixton Publications.
Alien Loop de Loops for tuba and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss was performed on March 25, 2017 by Phillip C. Black at the Rocky Mountain Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Luminous Horizons for bassoon and harp by Howard J. Buss was performed by Ronn Hall, bassoon and Isabelle Frouvelle, harp in Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at the University of Maryland in College Park on Sunday March 5, 2017.
Alien Loop de Loops for tuba and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss was performed by Phillip C. Black at the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, March 3-4, 2017.
Fables from Aesop for horn & violin by Howard J. Buss was performed on February 22, 2017 by Angeliki Paulimenou (horn) and Tania Sikelianouat (violin) at Philippos Nakas (S.A.) Conservatory in Athens, Greece. This was the Greek premier of this work.
The Brass Department at the University of Georgia in Athens presented "The Music of Roger Vogel" on February 20th, 2017 in Ramsey Hall. Among the works performed were 3 compositions that are published by us: Solar Lights for trombone and bass trombone (performed by Josh Bynum and Jordan Stone), Take Time for voice and marimba (soprano Ellen Ritchey with marimba players Nathan Tingler and Taylor Lents), and Illuminations in Brass for solo trumpet and trumpet ensemble.
Diversions for flute and trombone by Howard J. Buss was performed on Saturday, February 4, 2017 by Pauline Dargere, flute, and Claude Chatard, trombone at ESM Burgogne Franche-Comté école supér leure de musique in Dijon, France.
Night Tide for horn and marimba by Howard J. Buss was performed on Monday, January 23, 2017 by Hornist Kristine Coreil and percussionist Oliver Molina at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana
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