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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)
AMONG THE REEDS for two oboes, English horn, two bassoons and contrabassoon by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and beautiful sonority of the double reed choir. The title refers to scenes in a marshland near the composer’s home in Florida, as well as the instruments used to create the sonic portrait. The character of the music is bright, radiant, and at times conveys a sense of optimism, as if to suggest that the rustling reeds contain within them hints a propitious future. The scoring is colorful and inventive, yet does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. Among the Reeds was composed for the 2018 International Double Reed Society’s Annual Conference in Granada, Spain. (6’30”) Grade V. B470 (score & parts) $20.00
DANCES AND INTERLUDES for solo guitar by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by guitarist, Robert Phillips. It features three dance-like sections preceded by a soulful introduction and separated by developmental interludes. The composer was inspired by styles from 3 countries: the songo from Cuba, bossa nova from Brazil, and rumba flamenco from Spain. Traditionally, the songo combines elements of the folkloric rumba with popular Cuban dance music. The Latin beat of the songo is specifically designed for the drum set. Although drums are not used in this piece,the first dance, ala songo, captures the choppy, energetic flavor of the Cuban model. The interlude that follows transitions to the mood for the second dance, ala bossa nova. This section has the smoother, more relaxed quality of this popular Brazilian style. It gradually gives way to the final dance, ala rumba flamenco. The energetic strumming patterns, colorful effects with muted strings, percussive interjections with the palm of the hand and fingertips capture the spirit of this exciting Andalusian genre. (8’15”) Grade V. B463 $10.00
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
FANFARE FOR A GOLDEN ERA for 15 horns by Howard J. Busswas composed for the 50th Anniversary of the International Horn Society and the opening ceremony at its annual convention in 2018, hosted by Gene Berger and Ball State University. This work uses three quintets and which work independently and as a unit symbolizing the cooperation of different regions of horn players from across the world. The music is designed so that the attention of the audience is focused on the interactions of the individual groups in a spatial context. One short section in particular maximizes the effect as the notes are passed from one to another in wave-like fashion. (4’40”) Grade V. B473 (score & parts) $24.00
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3
Video of the premier performance - https://youtu.be/4_F3gMI5GrI
INTO THE HALL OF VALOR for horn and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed during the winter of 2018 for the 50th Anniversary of the International Horn Society. It was written for hornist Frank Lloyd and The United States Army Field Band for their performance at the IHS Conference hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This composition is a tribute to soldiers recognized for great courage in the face of danger. The composer states, “About the time I learned that the U.S. Army Field Band would perform the premier, I was reading about the “Hall of Valor" located at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia. I was inspired to write a work as a salute to those who have been recognized therein, as well as soldiers honored at similar venues. The character of the music is heroic, majestic, and the solo horn adds significantly to this.“ (7’55) Grade V. B476 (score & part) $16.00
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (the ending).mp3
ON THE WING for violin, alto saxophone and piano by Roger C. Vogel was written in 2013 and revised in 2017 for Rachel and Stephen Fischer. It was inspired by the thrill of flight, as well as that of being in motion, traveling, and being active. The intense energy of taking off, soaring, gliding, and diving is depicted in its musical gestures. The opening begins with ascending motives and progresses through contrasting sections that represent different aspects and emotions that are experienced in flight. As the work progresses these motives recur in various ways, with some surprises, until the final exhilarating coda. Cast in one movement of about 15 minutes in length, the violin, alto saxophone, and piano compete, complement, intertwine, and reflect on the musical ideas equally. (15’) Grade V. B961 (score & parts) $30.00
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (the ending).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.
Upcoming Concerts of Note:. (top of page)
Among the Reeds for 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons and contrabassoon by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society in a concert directed by Daniel Baldwin. The concert is at 3pm in the Palacio Congresos Granada in Spain. More information is forthcoming.
Recent Concerts of Note:
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 Ensesemble 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.
Dances and Interludes for solo guitar by Howard J. Buss received its world premier by Robert Phillips on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Lakeland Florida. Dances and Interludes will be published by Brixton Publications during 2018.
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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