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Our new publication Reflections on the Last Post for tuba and piano by Howard J. Buss was named winner of the 2019 Tuba- Euphonium Workshop’s National Composition Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” This work will be the official competition piece for the workshop's 2020 event. The winning contestant will solo the tuba/band version of the work on the Gala Concert with the U.S. Army Band.
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BRASS 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 5 parts are included. (7’22”)
PORTRAITS for horn quartet by Lee Heritage is in four movements, This and That, Waltz, Hymn, and Rip Romp. The first pulses with rhythmic energy and dramatic fanfares. The playful syncopations and percussive character of the opening serve as a cheerful prelude to a nostalgic slow waltz in the second movement. The rich harmonies of the waltz are followed in the third movement by a stately hymn that explores the full expressive power of the horn choir. Exuberant horn rips open the final romp, announcing a return to the rhythmic energy of the first movement. A melodic optimism permeates the romp, which closes with a final triumphant fanfare. Score and 4 parts are included. (8’44”) Grade V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
RICORDI D' AMORE “Memories of Love” for two harps Howard J. Buss was composed for the Italian harpists Paola Devoti and Elisabetta Ghebbioni. This composition addresses the human ability that allows one to remember and feel love experienced long ago. The mood of the music hints at nostalgia, but at the same time is relatively bright and optimistic. It was premiered by Ms. Devoti and Ms. Ghebbioni on December 8, 2018 at Ex Convento San Francesco in Pordenone, Italy. Score & two parts are included. (5') Grade IV-V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
New Editions! SEASIDE REFLECTIONS (1993, revised 2018) by Howard J. 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 This is a memorable recital piece with audience appeal. (7) Grade IV.
Sound samples: Version for oboe & piano - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3
Version for oboe & harp - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3
Recent new issues from the end of 2018:
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)
Tuba and Euphonium Players! We will exhibit at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference hosted by the University of Iowa May 28 - June 1, 2019.
Calling all double reed players! We will be exhibiting at the 2019 IDRS Conference July14-18 hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Clarinetists! Plan to visit our exhibit at ClarinetFest hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville July 24-28, 2019
Journeys for flute and string quartet by Roger C. Vogel will be performed on April 23, 2019 by the Belmont New Music Ensemble conducted by Mark Volker at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Concerto for Euphonium for euphonium and piano by Howard J. Buss will be performed on April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. by John Shirley, euphonium, and I-Fei Chen Markham in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York in Fredonia. This event will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh8ofYXdBy8
Four Miniatures for clarinet and bass clarinet by Howard J. Buss will be performed at Clarinetfest 2019 (July 24-28) hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville by Barry McGinnis and Karl Kolbeck. Place and time to be announced.
Totally Tubular for oboe/English horn and trumpet/Flugelhorn by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier during the 2019 International Double Reed Society's Conference in Tampa, Florida by Lauren and Robert McMurray. Place and time to be announced. Also at the event will be the premier of Bassoonisms for bassoon quartet by Howard J. Buss by Eric Varner and "Teacher Band." Both works will be published during the early summer of 2019 by Brixton Publications.
Energico! for flute choir and Zephyrs of the Dawn for flute choir, both by Howard J. Buss, will be performed by Flutefinity at the National Flute Association Convention August 1-4, 2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Utah.
Reflections on the Last Post, version for clarinet and band by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier on Thursday, November 7, 2019 with soloist Dr. Keith Koons and the University of Central Florida Band directed by Dr. Scott Lubaroff in the Ballroom of the Student Union at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Details to be announced.
Recent Concerts of Note:
Vibrant Horizons for flute and wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss was performed by flutist Brian Luce and the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Chad R. Nicholson on March 21, 2019. The concert was in Crowder Hall in Tuscon, Arizona.
Sonic Fables: Lessons from Aesop for brass quintet, percussion, and narrator by Howard J. Buss was performed on March 15, 2019 by the Granada Brass, Yolanda Chung, percussion, and Isabel Hernàndez, narrator, at the Tocando Las Estrellas Festival at the Marquès de Valdecaños in Adalusia, Spain.
Vibrant Horizons for flute and wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss was performed by flutist Brian Luce and the University of Utah Wind Ensemble on March 2, 2019 conducted by Scott Hagen at the Western Regional Concert Band Festival at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Journeys for flute and string quartet by Roger C. Vogel was performed on March 1, 2019 by the Belmont New Music Ensemble conducted by Mark Volker at the Southeastern Composers' League Forum hosted by Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Illuminations for bass trombone (or tuba) and band was performed on February 28, 2019 by bass trombonist, John Allen, with the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic conducted by Dr. Matthew Mailman. The concert was iin the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center Petree Recital Hall on the OCU campus.
Ricordi d'amore for two harps by Howard J. Buss received its world premier and a subsequent performace by Paola Devoti and Elisabetta Ghebbioni on December 8, 2018 at Ex Convento San Francesco in Pordenone, Italy and on December 20, 2018 in Venice, Italy at Conservatorio di musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia.
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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