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Clarinet in chamber music - quintets and sextets
(includes standard wind quintets)

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Cosmic Portraits coverCosmic Portraits coverCOSMIC PORTRAITS (2009) by Howard J. Buss consists of three movements inspired by views of objects in the Milky Way galaxy. The titles of the first two movements, The Backbone of Night and The Pale Blue Dot are taken from the writings of the renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. In his book, Cosmos, he describes how the !Kung Bushman in Botswana refer to the Milky Way as “the backbone of night.” The spine of the Milky Way often appears directly over the Kalahari Desert. The !Kung believe it to be the structural foundation of the heavens and that one of its functions in relation to Earth, among many, is that it holds up the darkness.
In his book, The Pale Blue Dot, Sagan poetically describes a haunting view of Earth from a distant point in our galaxy. He puts our worldly concerns into cosmic perspective when he refers to all that has ever happened to human beings as occurring “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” The final movement, Orbitals, suggests celestial bodies revolving around one another in a fascinating cosmic dance. Moons orbiting planets, planets around suns, suns around other suns culminate in the swirling wonder of our galaxy. (18’10”) Grade V. 
Score Samples (Woodwind Quartet version): Movement_1.pdf; Movement_2.pdf; Movement_3.pdf
Sound Samples (flute, clarinet alto sax & tenor sax version): Excerpt, Mvt.1.mp3; Excerpt, Mvt.2.mp3; Excerpt, Mvt.3.mp3 YouTube performances of the 3 movements from this concert can be viewed at:
Movement I. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWz7U4uxMAc&feature=relmfu
Movement II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXfL5JULIl0&feature=relmfu
Movement III. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoi7jToZah8&noredirect=1

or to order offline COSMIC PORTRAITS- version for flute, clarinet, alto sax & tenor sax B421 $38.50
or to order offline COSMIC PORTRAITS- version for woodwind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet & bassoon) Grade V.  B421W  $38.50

Dry Bones coverDry Bones coverDRY BONES, the well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone's connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to the...), arranged by Howard Buss, makes a wonderful concert feature as well as a rousing musical offering in church. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble. This arrangement is hugely influenced by jazz. The composer wrote an extended two-part introduction which begins hymn-like, and then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual; however, as the music reaches its climax, the jazz "licks" from the introduction are brought back as counterpoint against the main melody of the spiritual. The result is exhilarating, and for a bit of humor, just as the work ends, there is a "tongue-in-cheek" plagal cadence. (2’30”) Grade IV.
Dry Bones
clarinet quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf
Dry Bones
woodwind quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3; Score_Sample.pdf
or to order offline DRY BONES - version for four clarinets (3 Bb & bass)  B1016 $8.95
or to order offline DRY BONES - version for woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon). B1018  $8.95

Fantasy Quartet coverFANTASY QUARTET (2003) for flute, clarinet, bassoon & marimba (plays also temple blocks) by Scott Jordan in 3 entertaining movements: Pixie Dance, Magic Forest, and Sprites. The first movement is a spirited, playful forest scene which employs contrasting metric feels simultaneously The Second evokes a mysterious nocturnal ambience with an overlapping of ethereal long tones and echoes. The third is quick and dance-like. Utilizing a 4-note scale, its colorful, rhythmic melodies are juggled among the 4 instruments. (11’) Grade V.
Sound Samples:
Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3, Excerpt movement 2.mp3, Excerpt, Movement 3.mp3
or to order offline FANTASY QUARTET flute, clarinet, bassoon & marimba B761 $38.50

Festival coverFESTIVAL (1996) for flute/piccolo, C flute & 2 Bb clarinets by Howard J. Buss is an imaginative quartet which exudes a contagious optimism. This beautiful and compelling work showcases Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism and exciting contrasts. Everyone in the ensemble has a interesting part as well. It is a memorable and upbeat concert piece and makes a joyous musical offering in church. (5’40”) Grade V.
or to order offline FESTIVAL flute/piccolo, C flute & 2 Bb clarinets, B354 $18.50   

Lullaby of the SeaLULLABY OF THE SEA (2002) for oboe, clarinet, alto sax & bassoon by Robert J. Frank. This charming reed quartet was inspired by the gently undulating waves, shimmering moonlight on the surface, and gentle brezzes of the ocean on a quiet evening in a warm, tropical part of the world. Rolling gestures in the accompaniment compliment the gentle melodic theme, with the occasional call of the seagull. As the music draws to a close, the wind and waves still, lulling the final saxophone melody into blissful sleep. (2’) Grade IV. B714  $8.95  
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline LULLABY OF THE SEA oboe, clarinet, alto sax & bassoon, B714 $8.95

Prelude and Dance coverPRELUDE AND INTRADA for woodwind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet & bassoon) by Howard J. Buss. This attractive quartet features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude combines fanfare and lyrical sections as well as tonal and polytonal harmonies. The festive Intrada is in an ABA-Coda format and features crisp, energetic rhythms and lyrical contrapuntal writing. This is a memorable feature number or an impressive contest piece. Multiple players may be used on each part.. (5’30”)  Grade IV.
Sound Samples:Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3   - - Score Sample: excerpt.pdf
or to order offline PRELUDE AND INTRADA for woodwind quartet, B409W $16.00

Traditions coverTRADITIONS (1990, 2014) for violin, clarinet, guitar & string bass by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by the Luski Endowment for Viva Klezmer! as part of the nationwide 50th Anniversary Celebration of the American Music Center. In 2014 the composer revised the work, further developing some sections. Traditions is a synthesis of traditional Jewish Klezmer music and elements of Western concert music. From the ornate opening cadenza (based upon the well-known "Shalom Alechem" melody to the jubilant, energetic "freilach" which concludes the work, Traditions spans a wide range of emotions. It is meticulously notated so that even if one has not performed Klezmer music before, it is relatively easy to play in this exciting style. (7’10”) Grade IV-V.   
Score Samples: Score_excerpt.pdf (4 pages); Clarinet part.pdf (1 page excerpt)
or to order offline TRADITIONS violin, clarinet, guitar & string bass ,B340  $18.50
 
Tribute to Kerouac coverTRIBUTE TO KEROUAC for clarinet, tenor sax, piano & string bass by David Alpher was inspired by the work, life, and times of Jack Kerouac, “King of the Beat Generation.” Cast in seven entertaining movements, this significant composition is hugely influenced by jazz. In the preface to the score the composer writes: "Kerouac demonstrated the epic contradiction of America: on the one hand its wild energy, joy of life, and expansiveness; on the other, its tendency to self-destruct. Tribute to Kerouac is my musical response to, and commemoration of, this important American writer who liked to describe himself as a 'jazz.poet.'" This work is recorded on Ongaku Records CD#024-112. (17’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: I. American Nocturne Sample.mp3;    II. Movin’ On Sample.mp3; III. Remembered Sample.mp3; 
IV. Intermezzo Sample.mp3; V. Beat Scene Sample.mp3;  VI. Urgency Sample.mp3; VII. Epilogue Sample.mp3

or to order offline TRIBUTE TO KEROUAC clarinet, tenor sax, piano & string bass, B110 $32.00 

Winter Winds coverWINTER WINDS for woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet & bassoon) by Roger Vogel reflects the vivid contrasts of winter - from the soft winds that accompany falling snow, to the sharp winds that chill to the bone. Recorded on the CD Sunlight and Shadows by the University of Georgia Woodwind Quartet - ACA-CM20085. (15’15”)  Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt, Movement 1A.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 1B.mp3;
Excerpt, Movement 2A.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2B.mp3
or to order offline WINTER WINDS for woodwind quintet, B921  $28.50 

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