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ENERGICO! for band or wind ensemble (2014) by Howard J. Buss begins with a concise, stately section that presents harmonic and rhythmic material that is developed throughout. The festive main body of the work is in an episodic ABA-Coda format and mixes Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies. Energico! was originally written for flute ensemble during the summer of 2008: The Long Island Flute Club with support from The Brannen-Cooper Fund commissioned it in celebration of its 25th anniversary (1984-2009). It was premiered in 2009 by the Professional Flute Choir of the Long Island Flute Club at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City. The flute choir version of the work is available from Brixton Publications. Energico! for band intensifies the energy of the original version by utilizing the full resources of the concert band, including four percussion parts. The timbral palette is expanded accordingly and includes the use of mutes, stopped horn, and other colorful devices. Energico! for band is a sophisticated, yet audience-friendly work. (10’30”) Grade V-VI.
ILLUMINATIONS for bass trombone or tuba and band by Howard J. Buss, originally for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano, was composed for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This significant addition to the repertoire is written in an accessible modern style. The musical language is sophisticated, yet appealing to general audiences. Illuminations is cast in 2 contrasting movements: The first, Reverie, is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. The second movement, Urban Lights, is an energetic rondo that is strongly influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music. “Thoughtful, tuneful, and rewarding to perform.” – ITA Journal (19’) Grade V-VI.
Complete Set (score & parts): B369BCS $98.00 - Score only: B369BS $28.50 - Parts only: B369BP $69.50
Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
Movement 2 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
TROMBONE CONCERTO (1983) by Howard J. Buss in three movements: Proclamation, Soliloquy, and Capriccio. This critically acclaimed composition works well as a feature number and as a contest piece. An alternative to the Rimsky-Korsakov, the Jacob Concertino, or the Larson - substantial, listenable, I recommend it highly. - Paul Hunt, ITA Journal. (18) Grade V. Trombone Concerto (version for trombone and band) score samples (transposed score):
Excerpt, Score, Movement 1.pdf (4 pages); (all will open with Acrobat Reader)
Excerpt, Score, Movement 2.pdf (6 pages);
Excerpt, Score, Movement 3.pdf (6 pages);
Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 1.pdf (1 page);
Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 2.pdf (1 page);
Excerpt, Solo Part Movement 3.pdf(2 pages)
Trombone Concerto (version for trombone and band) Sound Sanples:
Movement 1: Excerpt_(Opening).mp3; Excerpt_(Middle).mp3; Excerpt_(End).mp3
Movement 2: Excerpt_Mov.2.mp3
Movement 3: Excerpt_(Opening).mp3; Excerpt_(End).mp3
SINFONIETTA (1990) for string
quintet (2-1-1-1) or string orchestra by Howard
J. Buss was commissioned by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra for the
50th Anniversary Celebration of the American Music Center. This exciting
work is characterized by vibrant colors and driving rhythms. (630)
Grade V. Sinfonietta Sound Samples:
SKYLINES for trumpet (Bb or C ) and
orchestra by Howard Buss is
a picturesque musical urban portrait in two movements. The work is loosely
programmatic in that no specific city is depicted; rather, the composer
captures, in a broad manner, the essence of the big city spectacle. The
lyrical and majestic first movement, Panorama, suggests the expansive
grandeur of cityscape. The second, Amid the Spires, is hugely influenced
by jazz and captures the dynamic energy of life on the busy streets. The
trumpet and piano version was premiered by Eric Berlin, trumpet, and Nikki
Stoia, piano, on May 22, 2003 at the International Trumpet Guild Conference
held at Texas Christian University in Forth Worth. The orchestra version
was completed in the Spring of 2006.
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