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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)
ANOTHER WORLD STOOD HERE for flute ensemble (piccolo, five C, alto, bass and optional contrabass) by Howard
J. Buss was composed immediately after an ancient oak tree was removed from his neighbor’s yard. The composer states, “The crew worked for several days to dismantle and haul away the enormous tree. I had lived next to it for a quarter of a century. The morning after they finished the job I visited the site were the mighty tree once stood and felt a deep sense of loss. It had become part of my life, and I reflected on how it served as home for countless birds and other animals, how it survived numerous hurricanes and lightning storms, and remembered the precious shade it provided during the long Florida summers. It is sorely missed. This work is dedicated to the memory of this ancient friend.” Because of its modest technical demands and musical sophistication, this audience-friendly work is appropriate for both intermediate-level and advanced flute choirs. (5’) Grade IV. Score and parts included. B469 $20.00
CONCERTO FOR MARIMBA AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE by Howard J. Buss was composed in the early months of 2017 and is dedicated to Robert McCormick. The percussion ensemble uses four players. This work is comprised of 3 continuous, unnamed movements that follow a haunting and somewhat mysterious introduction. References to the opening phrases of the introduction are made throughout the composition. The first movement is in two main parts: The first resembles a chain of joyous episodes, each flowing into the next as the musical narrative unfolds. This gives way to a series of passages that become increasingly developmental. Obvious references to the introduction are interspersed with elements of the first section as well as new material. The second movement is in a lively 6/8. It is in ternary form features a substantial marimba cadenza in the central section. The finale movement revives the joyful character of the first and includes a short intense passage influenced by jazz before building to a rousing finish. (15’) Solo part: Grade VI., ensemble parts: Grade IV. Complete set (score & parts) B467CS $48.50, Score only B467S $25.00, Parts only B467P $23.50
FLUTE PIZZAZZ for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss was written during the summer of 2017 and is dedicated to Nora Lee Garcia. This one-movement work is divided into 2 main parts. The first juxtaposes tender and forceful passages creating a moody sonic tapestry. The second and more extended part is in A-B-A form. Dance-like sections are separated by a developmental segment reminiscent of the atmosphere of the first part of the composition. Flute Pizzazz incorporates several colorful effects such as jet whistles, tongue pizzicato, and flutter tonguing. Score and part included. (6’30”)
Grade V. B471 $16.00
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3
JOURNEYS for flute and string quartet by Roger C. Vogel. The 5 movements depict moods that one can have while traveling: On the Road suggests the enthusiasm and high spirits that are found when one begins a long anticipated trip., Day Trip represents the joy of a pleasure trip that is made for an afternoon. Cross Country on Route 66 is suggestive of motoring on this fabled highway, Promenade represents a leisurely walk in a public place, and Jaunt is a short and energetic excursion for pleasure. Score and parts included. (15’) Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement_1.mp3, Movement_2.mp3, Movement_3.mp3, Movement_4.mp3, Movement_5.mp3,
SAXY for tenor sax and piano by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to saxophonist, Barry McGinnis. This work is in 2 movements: Moody and Slap-Happy. The tenor sax part incorporates some special effects such as slap and smack tonguing, the wood block slap, pitch bends, and growl, all done in a playful manner. Dr. McGinnis and Dr. Sarah Masterson premiered it at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
(10'45") Grade V.
Sound samples: Movement 1: excerpt 1.mp3,excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2: excerpt 1.mp3,excerpt 2.mp3
SCHERZI for piano by Allen Molineux - These miniatures are six different ways of looking at the scherzo genre. The first deals with allowing the performer to freely play the material. The second, at times, hints at a jazz-like swing style. The third is a special kind of quodlibet in that it uses snippets of well-known scherzi for piano and also for orchestra with numerous appearances of the Chopin “Scherzo No. 2” holding it all together, while some actually interact with each other. For example, Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann do get in a bit of a tangle and Bruckner seems to be at odds with the early Romantics of Beethoven and Schubert. The fourth is a conversational contrast between herky-jerky and groove motion. The fifth, which is the briefest, is a contest between a short staccato figure and an ever-expanding legato one. The final scherzo is a distorted ragtime piece where the left hand avoids the typical march-like accompaniment pattern. (9’50”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Scherzo1.mp3; Scherzo2.mp3; Scherzo3.mp3; Scherzo4.mp3; Scherzo5.mp3; Scherzo6.mp3
SIX DIALOGUES “Reflections on Plato” for flute and horn by Roger C. Vogel. Few other authors in the history of Western philosophy can compare with Plato in the depth and range of his work. His dialogues have long highly esteemed in their treatment of justice, virtue, and love, as well as political, religious, and other social concerns. Socrates is most often the protagonist in the dialogues with his dialectic method of inquiry, a rigorous conversation consisting of short questions that lead to the heart of any matter. At odds with Socrates are the sophists, teachers whose mastery of rhetoric, the art of persuasion, seeks to convince the listeners to accept their propositions without critical inquiry. Each of the Six Dialogues is a reflection on one aspect of Plato’s dialogues: The Dialectic, Hymn to Love, Virtue, Rhetoric, Justice, and The Sophists. Two scores are included. (16’) Grade V. B960 $16.50 Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
SOLOS FOR CELEBRATIONS AND REMEMBRANCES by Roger C. Vogel is a collection of 12 short songs for special occasions: 2 for birthdays, 3 for weddings, 2 for remembrances, one for an anniversary, and one each for Irish, Jewish and Italian celebrations. This is a fun and practical “must” for all to have in their repertoire. Grade III-IV. $12.50
THE THREE SACKBUTEERS ENTER VALHALLA for trombone trio by Howard J. Buss was named winner of the 2018 American Trombone Workshop’s National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” It is a fantasy piece in which the composer imagines the entrance of three sackbut players into the enormous hall of Valhalla. An improbable collage of specious ideas and historical anachronisms combine in dream-like manner and are embedded in the musical tapestry of this work. The sophisticated musical language of the composition combines with the programmatic fantasy implications and audience participation to create a rousing concert feature. For trios doing outreach concerts in the schools, it affords the opportunity to discuss the history of the trombone in a way that is fun and sure to engage the students. (6’30”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4 (the ending).mp3
VIBRANT HORIZONS for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed for flutist Brian Luce in the autumn of 2017. While not referring to any one individual in particular, this work is suggestive of a person’s journey from one reality to another. 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. Score & part included. (17’30”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Movement 1: 1.mp3, 2.mp3, 3.mp3; Movement 2: 1.mp3, 2.mp3; Movement 3, 1.mp3, 2.mp3, 3.mp3
Concerts/Exhibits (top of page)
Trumpeters! Look for our exhibit at the International Trumpet Guild Conference May 30-June 2, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency (Riverwalk and Alamo area) in San Antonio, Texas.
Calling all horn players! Plan to visit our exhibit at the International Horn Symposium July 30-August 4, 2018 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Flute players! You are invited to our exhibit at the National Flute Association Conference August 9-12, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando Florida.
Upcoming Concerts of Note:. (top of page)
Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensesemble by Howard J. Buss will be performed on July 2, 2018 at 7 PM at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It will be performed by soloist Nick Bruno and the USF Percussion Ensemble.
Fanfare for a Golden Era for 15 horns by Howard J. Buss will receive its world premier on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 10 AM 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. and will be published by Brixton Publications during the summer of 2018.
Into the Hall of Valor for horn and band by Howard J. Buss will receive 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 is at 7:30 PM in Emens Auditorium on the BSU campus. Into the Hall of Valor will be published by Brixton Publications during the summer of 2018.
Flute Pizzazz for flute and piano by Howard J. Buss will be performed on Friday, August 10, 2018 by Nora Lee Garcia, flute, and Laurent Boukobza, piano, during the National Flute Convention on the Exhibitors Concert at 6 PM in the Barrel Spring room of the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida.
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. More information is forthcoming. Among the Reeds will be published by Brixton Publications during the summer of 2018.
Recent Concerts of Note:
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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