concert music for student and professional musicians:
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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BASSOONISMS for bassoon quartet by Howard J. Buss. The titles of its 3 movements, Basslets, Moonstruck, and Festoons, are derived in part from the spelling of the word “bassoon.” In addition to musically capturing qualities of the subjects of the titles, they also explore musical characteristics unique to the bassoon. Basslets are tiny, elegant and colorful tropical fish that when observed in large groups create a mesmerizing effect as they flit about. The word “moonstruck” refers to the condition of being out of character due to being in love. Festoons are decorative garlands of flowers, ribbons, lights, or other objects hung in a draped fashion. Score and parts are included. (8’) Grade V.
MASQUERADE for oboe, clarinet, and piano by Roger C. Vogel. The atmosphere of a festive gathering with elegant and elaborate costumes is the inspiration for the six movements of this work. Featured are the dignity and regalness of an Emperor and a Queen, the humor of a Harlequin, the dignified progression of a Promenade, the capriciousness in Caprices of unexpected words and actions by the guests, and the heroic excitement of a knight-errant in Paladin. Score and parts are included. (16’30”) Grade IV-V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
YouTube videos: Emperor, Promenade, Harlequin, Caprices, Queen, Paladin
TOTALLY 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, 2 scores are provided. (8’5”) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3
CONCERTANTE for euphonium, tuba and piano by Howard J. Buss. In this one movement composition the euphonium and tuba are treated as equal partners as they traverse a wide variety of sonic atmospheres. Energetic and sometimes fiery sections surround a beautiful and lyrical central part. Score and part is included. (9’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3 --------------------------------
CONCERTANTE is also published for euphonium, tuba, and orchestra: Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3;
Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
IRIDESCENCE for flute, clarinet, and piano by Randall Snyder musically depicts the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. The work begins with a six-note arpeggiated chord, each note serving as the bass of a transposed reiteration. This harmony, plus the heterophonic interplay of the instruments, creates the effect of hearing the same intervals in different perspectives. A faster section based on a linear seven-note pattern follows. The trio closes with a reprise of various versions of the opening sonority. Score and parts are included. (5’) Grade V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST is also published for clarinet and band or wind ensemble,
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST for tuba and piano Howard J. Buss was inspired by The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. It honors the thousands of soldiers who died to free Belgium from the Germans in WWI. The Last Post Ceremony was first held on July 1928 and has been performed every night since November 11, 1929 at the Menin Gate Memorial, except during the years of the German occupation of Ypres from May 20, 1940 to September 6, 1944. During the occupation the ceremony was continued at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. The composition develops the “Last Post” bugle call, which is performed near the beginning of the ceremony. The work also has stirring sections signifying the youthfulness and vitality of those who fought and died on the Ypres battlefields. This work was winner of the Composition Competition of the U.S. Army Band’s 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop and will be used for the workshop’s 2020 performers’ competition. Score and part included. Sound files will be uploaded after the competition. (8’) Grade V. --------------------------------
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST is also published for tuba and band or wind ensemble (Sound files will be uploaded after the competition.):
SUMMER RAIN for flute and piano by Lee Heritage. Lush harmonic language and toccata-like textures invoke the shifting moods of a summer storm in this new work by Lee Heritage. A lyrical prelude opens the piece with an ascending flute melody and gentle cross rhythms in the piano hinting at the storm to come. A cloudburst interrupts this Adagio with running sixteenths in the flute punctuated by syncopated chords in the piano. A dialogue of sixteenth notes between flute and piano moves forward with optimistic energy until dissolving into a return of the prelude. This piece is an excellent choice as a recital opener. (4’) Grade IV. B730 $8.95
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 - Video
Concerts/Exhibits (top of page)
Flutists! Plan to visit our exhibit at the Florida Flute Convention at the Orlando Airport Marriott, January 24-26, 2020.
Upcoming Concerts of Note:. (top of page)
Reflections on the Last Post, version for clarinet and band by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7 PM 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. Free admission.
Skylines, version for woodwind sextet - flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premiere by the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble at 7:30 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at St. John's Waterloo; Waterloo Road; London SE1 8TY England - tickets £12/10 This version of Skylines will be published by Brixton Publications before the end off the year.
Recent Concerts of Note:
Howard J. Buss' A Day in the City for solo tuba and Four Miniatures for trombone and tuba was performed by Phillip Black, tuba, and Matt Blauer, trombone, on Sunday November 3, 2019 in Wiedemann Hall at Wichita State University.
Masquerade for oboe, clarinet, and piano by Roger C Vogel received its official premier on September 11, 2019 in Ramsey Concert Hall at the University of Georgia.The performers were Reid Messich, oboe; D. Ray McClellan, clarinet; and Greg Hankins, piano.
Energico! for flute choir and Zephyrs of the Dawn for flute choir, both by Howard J. Buss, were performed by Flutefinity on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Abravenel Hall at the National Flute Association Convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Utah.
Four Miniatures for clarinet and bass clarinet by Howard J. Buss was performed at Clarinetfest on July 25, 2019 by Barry McGinnis and Karl Kolbeck in the James R. Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Totally Tubular for oboe/English horn and trumpet/Flugelhorn by Howard J. Buss received its world premier by Lauren and Robert McMurray on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Theatre 1 during the International Double Reed Society Conference hosted by the University of South Florida in Tampa. Also at the event was the official premier of Bassoonisms for bassoon quartet by Howard J. Buss by Eric Varner and "Teacher Band" on July 15, 2019 in the Barness Recital Hall.
Three Jazzicals for soprano sax and tuba by Howard J. Buss was performed by the Phantasmgoria Ensemble (Helder Alves, sax & Tiago Santos, tuba) on July 13, 2019 in the Saxophone Village of Festival International de Saxofone in De Palmela, Portugal. More info is at www.fispalmela.com
Alien Loop de Loops for trumpet and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss was performed by Jeremy Perkins on May 3, 2019 in the Scott Rehearsal Hall in the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bassooonisms for bassoon quartet by Howard J. Buss was performed on April 28, 2019 by the Lynn Bassoon Studio in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Concerto for Euphonium for euphonium and piano by Howard J. Buss was performed on April 28, 2019. by John Shirley, euphonium, and I-Fei Chen Markham in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York in Fredonia.
Journeys for flute and string quartet by Roger C. Vogel was performed on April 23, 2019 by the Belmont New Music Ensemble conducted by Mark Volker at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
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 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 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 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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