concert music for student and professional musicians:
Dances and Interludes for solo guitar by Howard J. Buss has just been recorded on the CD NIGHT DANCES: Robert Phillips, guitar. It is recorded on 4Tay Records CD4061.The CD is available at https://www.robert-phillips.com/nightdances.html Digital downloads will be available shortly.
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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 & parts included. (2'15") Grade V.
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.”
TRIPTYCH FOR SOLO CLARINET by David M. Sterrett is in 3 movements unified by similar compositional elements and motifs, but contrast in style and character. The first movement (Scherzo) jokes and jabs with jagged lines and snapping gestures. The second (Fantasy) is the emotional centerpiece of the work and contrasts the snarky character of the Scherzo with gentle lyricism and a melancholy tone. The third movement (Waltz) follows with its own unique style, a flashy and energetic waltz, joyous and playful in character. The music eventually builds up to a sudden and dramatic recall of the Scherzo’s main theme, bringing the piece full circle, and then ends in a wild frenzy. Grade VI. (15’) Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
RECOLLECTIONS for violin and percussion (one player: marimba, cymbal and snare drum) by Roger C. Vogel reflects the sadness in recalling tragedies and disappointments, as well as the pleasure in remembering triumphs, good fortune, and pleasant surprises. The percussion part calls for a marimba capable of sounding a low A, but optional lower notes are indicated for a five-octave instrument. Score and part is included. (7’) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
FIVE INTERMEZZI for solo piano by Roger C. Vogel. Although an intermezzo may be found between the acts of a play or an opera, it may also be an independent work. These five intermezzi each have a different character: dramatic, energetic, lyrical, expressive, and emphatic. The movements are Allegro con brio, Lento espressivo, Allegro ritmico, Adagio espressivo, and Allegro appassionato. They may be played individually or in smaller groups. Grade V. (13’30”) Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3
NINE BAGATELLES by Roger C. Vogel for solo piano. A bagatelle is a short piece of music, usually for piano. The name means "a short unpretentious instrumental composition" as a reference to the light style of a piece. Each of the nine bagatelles has a different mood, from lyrical and expressive to rhythmic and energetic. These delightful miniatures each are a bit over 2’ in duration and may be played individually or in smaller groups. (20’) Grade V.
FESTIVITIES for flute, horn and piano by Roger C. Vogel was written in 2018 for The Kitchen Sync trio. Celebrations, amusements, festivals, and other joyful occasions are events that enrich our lives.
This work is inspired by five such delightful occasions: the merrymaking of a Carnival, the pleasant respite of an Interlude, the boisterous play of a Romp, the pleasure of a leisurely evening Promenade, and the capriciousness of an Escapade. Score and parts included. (14’30”) Grade V. Score samples: Excerpts.pdf
"THE HAYDN" REFASHIONED for Bb trumpet and piano by Allen Molineux is a theme and variations based on the “Andante” of Franz Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. The title implies that the composer has approached the variations in a more modern (well, not up-to-date modern, just more so than late 18th Century) and playful vein. It should also be noted that while each variation is based on the opening theme itself, other parts of the Concerto's second movement materialize, as do brief cameo appearances of themes from the outer movements. Score and part included. (6’20”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3 Score samples: Excerpts.pdf
From spring 2020:
DIVERGENCES for clarinet and viola by Howard J. Buss was written for clarinetist Allison Storochuk and violist Kirsten Weingartner Weiss. The 3 movements explore a wide array of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mystical, to the contemplative, to soaring, vibrant passages: Recollections of Shared Times, Disparate Views, and Celebrations. The composer states, “The titles relate to a phenomenon that has long fascinated me: How is it that people such as siblings, who grow up in the same environment (home, family, teachers, and shared experiences), can turn out in later years to be very different from one another with their religious and political beliefs, preferences for food, travel, music, etc. This is addressed generally in the duo, which is designed to be musically solid without any extra-musical, programmatic connotations. However, I think the titles and general character of the music will connect with many listeners and may make them think about the evolution of their own personal relationships.” Score and parts are included. (12’) Grade V.
EUPHONIC RHAPSODIES for solo euphonium by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements that showcase the capabilities of the instrument without using extended techniques or extreme range. It can be played on either a three or a four-valve euphonium. Although this composition is suitable for advanced high school and college-level players, professional performers will appreciate its incisiveness and musical sophistication. In the first and last movements references are made to the legendary performer and teacher, Leonard Falcone. In Homage to Leonard his name is expressed rhythmically in Morse code is employed in a lively, tuneful way. It is also used in the cadenza of the third movement, Go! The title of the beautiful second movement is Ballad. One score is provided. (7’30”) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf
GEMTONES for two clarinets and bassoon (or bass clarinet) by Howard J. Buss was written for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy during the fall of 2019. A bass clarinet part is included as an alternative to the bassoon. The six short movements were inspired by the beauty of gemstones and exhibit a wide array of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mystical, to the brilliant, vibrant passages: Ruby, Opal, Diamond in the Rough, Onyx, Garnet, and Sapphire. Score and parts are included.
(12’10”) Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3;
Movement 4.mp3; Movement 5.mp3; Movement 6.mp3
MEDITATION AND CAPRICE (1994, 2020) for trumpet and piano by Howard J. Buss. This is a new engraved edition of the work that has been until-this-time in the composer’s manuscript. The beautiful and contemplative opening movement is followed by a jubilant and energetic fantasy characterized by sparkling melodies and driving rhythms. This work is an exciting addition to any program and also is an effective contest piece. The score and a Bb trumpet part are included. (8’36”) Grade V. Score and part sample (score in C, part in Bb): Excerpts.pdf
Sound samples: Meditation: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3 -
Caprice: Excerpt 3 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3; Excerpt 6.mp3 (the ending)
Concerts/Exhibits (top of page)
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Color'tudes for bass clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier by Karl Kolbeck and Angela Miller-Niles at Wayne State College in Wayne Nebraka on April 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM in the Ramsey Theatre in the Fine Arts Center.The concert will be live and streamed online. More details to be announced. Color'tudes will be published later in 2021 by Brixton Publications.
Recent Concerts of Note:
Jals (Just A Little Something) for unaccompanied flute by Allen Molineux was performed on February 27, 2021 by Karen McLaughlin-Large at the College Music Society's (Southern Chapter) Virtual Conference.
Alien Loop de Loops for horn and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss was performed by Nicolas Gledhill on March 8, 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
During the North American Saxophone Conference (March 6-9, 2020) hosted by Arizona State University were the world premieres of 2 new works by Howard J. Buss: Visitations from the Dark for alto sax, bass clarinet, and piano will be performed by Barry McGinnis, Karl Kolbeck and Sarah Masterson on March 8; and, Sonic Tapistries for violin, alto sax, and piano was performed by Rachel and Steven Fischer with Casey Dierlam Tse on piano on March 8.
Alpine Spring for flute and harp by Howard J. Buss was performed by Meera Gudipati and Megan Sesma on the Spring Faculty Showcase in Evans Hall at Connecticut College in New London on February 21, 2020. The concert was live-streamed as well.
Reflections on the Last Post for tuba and band by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on Febrary 8, 2020 by Ramon Garavito, Jr. and the United States Army Concert Band, "Pershing's Own", conducted by Scott McKenzie in the Laboda Studio of the Ft. Meyer Army Base. The concert was also live-streamed.
Totally Tubular for oboe/English horn and trumpet/Flugelhorn by Howard J. Buss was performed by Lauren and Robert Murray on January 21, 2020 in the TECO Theatre of the Straz Center in Tampa and on February 1, 2020 at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast in the Morgan Concert Hall of the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Skylines, for woodwind sextet - flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon by Howard J. Buss received its world premiere by the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble on November 23, 2019 at St. John's Waterloo; Waterloo Road; London SE1 8TY England.
Reflections on the Last Post, for clarinet and band by Howard J. Buss received its world premier on 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.
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 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 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 Kyle Millsay on May 4, 2019 at the South Texas Trumpet Workshop hosted by Texas A & M University in Kingsville.
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.
Incantation for trumpet and percussion by Howard J. Buss was performed on April 6, 2019 by trumpeter Max Muciño and percussionist Spencer Jones in the Cole Concert Hall of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas,
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 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 September 24, 2018 in the Faulkner Performing Arts Center of the University of Arkansas, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 January 23, 2017 by Hornist Kristine Coreil and percussionist Oliver Molina at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana
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