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Solo French horn - unaccompanied                    

A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” (1986) for solo horn by Howard J. Buss. These colorful musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each vignette depicts an experience the composer had one day during a visit to New York City. The movements are Another Sunrise, Off to a Busy Day, The Lost Key Episode, The Waitin' in Line Blues, Romantic Interlude, Sudden Storm and Out on the Town. "Tonal, charming and imaginative! The low purchase price and the incisive approach of a skilled composer make this a piece worth seeking out.”- PMEA News  (10’)  Grade IV. Score sample, movement 5.pdf (1 page)

or to order offline A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” for solo horn, B303 $6.95

PARTITA FOR HORN for solo horn by Roger C. Vogel was written for David Pinkow in 1977 and revised and re-notated in 2011. In this composition the term “partita” is used in the sense of “suite” as it was used in the 6 partitas in Bach’s Clavier-Übung. This audience-friendly concert piece is cast in 5 short movements: Fanfare, Nocturne, Scherzo, Song and Toccata. (10’) Grade V-VI.  Partita for Horn Sound Samples: Excerpt_movement_1.mp3, Excerpt_movement_2.mp3, Excerpt_movement_3.mp3, Excerpt_movement_4.mp3; Excerpt_movement_5.mp3
or to order offline PARTITA FOR HORN for solo horn, B933  $10.00

Seasons of Change coverSEASONS OF CHANGE for solo horn by Howard J. Buss was written for to Andrew Pelletier and the 2016 International Horn Symposium. This work musically addresses the inflection points within each of the 4 seasons where one may get the first hint that seasonal change is in the air. Four movements: Winter, Spring Summer, and Autumn.  (9’30”) Grade V-VI. B457  $10.00
or to order offline SEASONS OF CHANGE for solo horn, B457  $10.00



Horn with one other instrument                  (Top of Page)

Alien loop de Loops_hornALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for horn and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a playful and capricious fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. This work is suitable for low horn. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the composition. The composer envisioned a performer outside in an open area during an air show by an alien craft. During the opening section he/she plays unaccompanied, but then is joined by the recording, which contains sounds generated by traditional instruments as well as an "alien" voice, the spacecraft, and various electronic effects. Technically, the title refers to how the recording was made. It consists of numerous sound loops combined to form an imaginative and picturesque sonic tapestry. Brixton also publishes this work in a version for trombone or bass trombone, which was winner of the 2015 American Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The publication includes sheet music and a CD (attached to the inside of the back cover) that contains a performance track and the accompaniment track. (6’47”) Grade V. B446H $20.00
Alien Loop de Loops sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

or to order offline Alien Loop de Loops for horn & electronic recording B446H $20.00

BALLAD for horn and piano by Howard J. Buss. This beautiful piece radiates a sensuous lyricism and a nostalgic mood. The structure of the work is A-B-A-Coda, the A section is melodious, flowing, and expressive. The B section is more animated and has a playful nature. This is a “must” for your next recital or competition. (6’) Grade IV-V. 
Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
or to order offline BALLAD, horn & piano, B390FH  $12.00

DISCOURSE by Edward Troupin, version for flute and horn. Edward Troupin (1925-2004) enjoyed an international reputation as a composer of instrumental music. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a professor of music at Ithaca College and later the University of Florida, he inspired numerous young composers. Mr. Troupin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University with a major in mathematics. Later he earned his master of music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Ross Lee Finney. Troupin’s sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. This entertaining duo is in 5 short, entertaining movements: Assertion, Reflection, Eulogy, Fantasy, and Comedy. The colorful and contrasting sections combine in charming balance to make a memorable concert feature. (8') Grade V. B706 $12.00 
Discourse
sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
or to order offline DISCOURSE, flute & horn, 2 scores included, B706 $12.00

Dreams from the Shadows_Buss coverDREAMS FROM THE SHADOWS for horn and vibraphone* by Howard J. Buss explores a wide range of emotional states. From its mystical, contemplative opening, to majestic proclamations, to jubilant sections with a dance-like character, the music suggests a dream-like collage of sonic atmospheres. Soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms coupled with the beautiful sonority of the horn and vibraphone ensemble, make this an accessible, audience-friendly composition. *An electronic keyboard (emulating the sound of a vibraphone) may be used as a substitute for the vibes. The publication includes a score, vibraphone part, and horn part. Dreams from the Shadows is dedicated to hornist Gene Berger and percussionist Braham Dembar(10’30”)  Grade V.  B443  $20.00
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (ending).mp3
or to order offline Dreams from the Shadows, horn and vibraphone, B443 $20.00

FABLES FROM AESOP (2001) for violin and horn by Howard J. Buss in 5 entertaining movements: The Dog Who Chased a Lion, The Astronomer, The Camel Who Wanted Horns, The Crow and the Pitcher, and The Rabbits and the Frogs. Each movement begins with a performer reciting the corresponding fable. The colorful and engaging music is idiomatic and sophisticated, yet it is accessible because of its strong programmatic nature. This piece is a hit with all types of audiences, including those comprised of children! It makes a great concert feature and also is highly effective on out-reach concerts in the schools. (13’) Grade V.
Score Samples (transposed score): Excerpt, Movement 1.pdf (2 pages); Excerpt, Movement 2.pdf (2 pages);
Excerpt, Movement 3.pdf (2 pages); Excerpt, Movement 4.pdf (2 pages,; Excerpt, Movement 5.pdf (2 pages)
or to order offline FABLES FROM AESOP, violin and horn, B371 $16.00


FOUR MINIATURES (2011) for 2 horns by Howard J. Buss is a vibrant, colorful sonatina This picturesque composition is in 4 movements: Aggressive, Contemplative, Buoyant, and Energetic. The playful, yet sophisticated character of the music makes this an entertaining, audience-friendly work. (9’20”) Grade V. B425H  $16.00
Four Miniatures
score samples: Excerpt 1.pdf (1 page); Excerpt 2.pdf (1 page); Excerpt 3.pdf (2 pages)
or to order offline FOUR MINIATURES, 2 horns,   B425H  $16.00
 
IN MEMORIAM (2006) for horn and piano by Howard Buss is a sonic tribute to the millions of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. The 2 movements of this captivating and powerful work are loosely programmatic and reflect the sentiments poems penned in response to “the war to end all wars” (WWI): In Flanders Fields and In Flanders Fields (An Answer). The music covers a wide range of moods, from lyric nostalgia to aggressive forcefulness. (11’)  Grade V-VI.  
Sound Samples: Excerpt, Movement 1A.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 1B.mp3 (the ending);
Excerpt, Movement 2A.mp3
(the beginning); Excerpt, Movement 2B.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2C.mp3 (the ending)
Print Samples: Score sample (in C), movement 1.pdf: Score sample (in C), movement 2.pdf;
Horn part sample (in F), movement 1.pdf; Horn part sample (in F), movement 2.pdf
or to order offline IN MEMORIAM, horn and piano, B410  $18.50

Interstellar cover INTERSTELLAR for horn, tuba and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss, in 3 movements, Reaching Beyond, Lonely and Turbulence, is part of a series of works by the composer inspired by space travel and exploration. The recording (CD included with the sheet music) contains the sounds of traditional instruments, electronic effects, and actual sounds from space indexed on the NASA website. (10’10”)  Grade IV-V. B458 $32.00 Sound samples: Excerpt 1, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt 1, Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt 1, Movement 3.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 3.mp3
(( Click tracks for performance, if desired: Mvt 1.mp3, Mvt 2.mp3, Mvt 3.mp3 )
or to order offline INTERSTELLAR, horn, tuba & electronic recording, B458 $32.00

 

NIGHT TIDE (1995, 2012) for horn and marimba by Howard J. Buss was inspired by the New England coastline at night and features an evocative interplay between turbulent and serene sections. ‘The Evening’s highlight, Night Tide was a stunning portrait of the sea’s ebb and flow.”  -  The Maine Sunday Telegram   (8’30”)  Grade V. 
Score Sample.pdf

or to order offline NIGHT TIDE, horn and marimba, B327H  $12.50  
  
TIME CAPSULE for 2 horns by Howard J. Buss is a sonatina in 4 movements: Daybreak, Chorale, Rendezvous, and Homeward Bound and is both fun to play and listen to. Daybreak has a frolicking and optimistic character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer. The harmonies of the second movement contain some spicy dissonances as well. Rendezvous, is in a lilting 6/8 and really "works up a lather" as it progresses to an exciting climax. Homeward Bound, begins with a fanfare-like passage that gives way to a spirited dance with an intriguing interplay between the 2 instruments. (7’) Grade IV-V. B350H $8.95
Score samples: Movement 1 Excerpt.pdf ; Movement 3 Excerpt.pdf
or to order offline TIME CAPSULE, 2 horns, B350H $8.95  


TWO TO TANGO (2012) for clarinet and horn by Roger Vogel in 5 movements: Tango 1, Foxtrot, Quick Step, Waltz, and Tango 2. This charming suite of dances is a significant concert work written in an accessible modern style. The movements may be played individually, or any grouping.  (18’) Grade V.

or to order offline TWO TO TANGO clarinet and horn, B934  $18.50 

Horn ensembles:                                                                 (Top of Page)

AQUARIUS (2013) for three horns by Howard J. Buss showcases both the agility and the beautiful, sonorous tone of instruments.  It was written during the spring of 2013 and is the second in a series of works by the composer inspired by aspects of the signs of the Zodiac. The two movements are At the Glow of Dawn (3’5”) and Ocean Blue (3’50”). Aquarius explores a variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes this composition an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece.   (7’) Grade V.  B440H  $16.00
Aquarius sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3

or to order offline AQUARIUS,  three horns,  B440H $16.00

AVE VERUM CORPUS by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Howard Buss for four horns was one of the last works composed by this Classical master. An exquisite addition to any recital, it is especially effective in a church setting. Each part may use multiple performers to create a larger ensemble. (3’30”)  Grade II.  Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline AVE VERUM CORPUS, 4 horns, B1024H $7.95

CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) arranged by Howard J. Buss. for four horns. This uplifting composition is written in the imitative style from the exciting period bridging the Renaissance and Baroque eras. It is a stirring addition to any recital, and is especially effective in a church setting. Multiple performers may be used on each part to create a larger ensemble. (2’15”) Grade II. B1013H  $8.95
Score Sample: Excerpt.pdf, Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline CANZONA 4 horns, B1013H  $8.95
  
DRY 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 memorable 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 horn quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf ; Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
Dry Bones
brass quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf ; Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline DRY BONES -version for 4 horns,  B1020  $8.95
or to order offline DRY BONES -version for brass quartet, (2-1-1 or 2-0-2), B1015 $8.95 

Lev's Dream_hornLEVI'S DREAM (2015) for horn quartet (or ensemble) by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and rich sonority of the instruments. Multiple players may be used on the parts to expand the ensemble. The title refers to an imagined dream of Levi, the namesake of the Israelite Tribe. The Levites were known for their involvement in priestly duties and music. Although the composition is loosely programmatic, much of the music has a distinctly Middle-eastern quality. The soulful nature of the slower sections is enhanced by the expressive, luscious ambience of the horns. The composition features two sections with original tunes in the style of Jewish folk songs. One is slow and contemplative, the other, jubilant. Levi’s Dream is an audience-friendly work appropriate for the concert hall or a house of worship. (7’40”) Grade IV-V. B428H $18.50
Levi's Dream sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3
or to order offline Levi's Dream for horn quartet or ensemble B428H $18.50

PATHWAYS coverPATHWAYS (2015) for horn quartet by Howard J. Buss. Without using extended techniques and difficult technical displays, this colorful work is designed as a showcase for the horn quartet. Written in 4 continuous movements, the music has a strong narrative quality. The general characteristics of the movements are: energetic, playful and marching, plaintive, and buoyantly joyous. Although the musical language is sophisticated, because of the work’s moderate tessitura and modest technical requirements, Pathways is accessible to horn quartets comprised of moderately advanced students and amateurs, yet, professional-level hornists will enjoy its energy, vitality and colorful scoring. (9’27”) Grade IV-V. B449 $26.00
Pathways Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

or to order offline PATHWAYS (2015) for horn quartet, B449 $26.00

Prayer_hornPRAYER (2015) for 12-part horn ensemble by Howard J. Buss is a beautiful, meditative work designed to be performed in a concert venue or as a musical offering in a house of worship. Its reverent quality is enhanced by the rich sonority and organ-like quality of the large horn ensemble. The musical language is sophisticated, yet accessible to general audiences. It begins with a lyrical 12-tone melody that is symbolic of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The dodecaphonic reference also relates to the instrumentation: In the concluding section, the twelve pitches of the opening melody are presented with each player assigned to one pitch. A reverent atmosphere permeates the musical tapestry throughout. Prayer is accessible to amateur and high school-level players. (5’10”) Grade III-IV. B448H $24.00 Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3;    Score Sample.pdf
or to order offline Prayer for 12-part horn ensemble, B448H $24.00

PRELUDE AND INTRADA for 4 horns 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 to expand the ensemble. (5’15”)  Grade V.  - Score Sample.pdf
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ound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3     

or to order offline PRELUDE AND INTRADA for 4 horns, B409H  $18.50

RICERCARE by Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586) transcribed for 4 horns by Howard J. Buss. Written in the imitative style of the late Renaissance, this cheerful work makes an excellent concert feature or a stirring offering in church. Particularly memorable are the metric modulations, a feature common in the dance music of the day. Each part may use multiple performers to create a larger ensemble. (2’30”) Grade III.
Ricercare sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf
or to order offline RICERCARE 4 horns, B1012H  $8.95

Horn with percussion ensemble:                                               (Top of Page)

Reflective Journey_Buss coverREFLECTIVE JOURNEY for horn and percussion quartet by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to hornist Andrew Pelletier and percussionist Roger Schupp. The musical thrust of this colorful work is analogous to a spiritual voyage one may experience while dealing with a major crisis. The sections of the composition exude much contrast and transverse a wide range of moods - from the hauntingly pensive, to tender lyricism, to jubilation. (14’40”)  Grade V-VI. - Percussion Set-up.pdf  -   Score Sample.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
or to order offline Reflective Journey, horn and percussion quartet, (score & parts) B441  $40.00

Horn in chamber music - trios                                                    (Top of Page)

DIVERTIMENTO (1969) for trumpet, trombone, and horn by Edward Troupin. Troupin’s sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. His Divertimento for trumpet, trombone, and French horn was composed in 1969. In this entertaining and delightful brass trio the beautiful and lyrical Andante is surrounded by brilliant, energetic movements. The colorful and contrasting sections within each movement combine in charming balance to make a memorable concert feature. (9’) Grade IV-V. B702 $16.00

or to order offline DIVERTIMENTO, trumpet, trombone, and horn B702 $16.00

imaginations cover artIMAGINATIONS(2012) for horn, trombone and piano by Howard J. Buss showcases the agility and beautiful, sonorous tone of the horn, trombone, and piano ensemble. Ranging from lyric tenderness to powerful (and sometimes fiery) technical displays, the 2 movements, Contemplative and Auspicious, explore a wide range of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language, coupled with the soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms, make this a significant, audience-friendly concert work. Imaginations was composed for Gene Berger, horn; John Seidel, trombone; and Elizabeth Seidel, piano. (13’) Grade V-VI.  
Sound Samples: Movement 1, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 1, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 2, excerpt 2.mp3
or to order offline IMAGINATIONS, horn, trombone and piano, B430  $22.00


Interstellar cover INTERSTELLAR for horn, tuba and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss, in 3 movements, Reaching Beyond, Lonely and Turbulence, is part of a series of works by the composer inspired by space travel and exploration. The recording (CD included with the sheet music) contains the sounds of traditional instruments, electronic effects, and actual sounds from space indexed on the NASA website. (10’10”)  Grade IV-V. B458 $32.00 Sound samples: Excerpt 1, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt 1, Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 2.mp3; Excerpt 1, Movement 3.mp3; Excerpt 2, Movement 3.mp3
( Click tracks for performance, if desired: Mvt 1.mp3, Mvt 2.mp3, Mvt 3.mp3 )
or to order offline INTERSTELLAR, horn, tuba & electronic recording, B458 $32.00
 
Passage to Eden cover artPASSAGE TO EDEN (2001) for clarinet, horn, and piano by Howard J. Buss. This dramatic and colorful work is cast in 4 continuous movements. The mood of the first is of ominous significance, as if one was preparing to embark on an arduous journey. The music is lyrical, yet contains an undercurrent of tension and anticipation. The second movement is characterized by a contrapuntal dialogue between the clarinet and the horn over a driving ostinato in the piano. This section is hugely influenced by jazz. The lyrical and animated counterpoint sounding over the running bass line and chord punctuations in the keyboard gradually give way to a section of turbulence which serves as a transition to the relative calm of the following movement.The third movement, in 6/8 meter, has an easy flowing vitality. There is a silvery brilliance to the music with a hint of nostalgia. The interweaving melodic strands grow increasingly romantic in quality and then, quite suddenly, give way to a developmental passage which builds in intensity and expectation. The finale is spirited and jubilant in character. The atmosphere generated is one of a triumphant proclamation which grows increasingly exultant as the work culminates in a rousing coda. (12')  Grade V-VI. B374  $22.00
Passage to Eden Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
or to order offline PASSAGE TO EDEN, clarinet, horn, and piano, B374  $22.00


Trio Lyrique cover artTRIO LYRIQUE for horn, bassoon and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed for Gene Berger; horn; Keith Sweger, bassoon; and James Helton, piano for the 2013 International Horn Symposium at the University of Memphis. As the title implies, the overall character of the music is lyrical, and it gradually evolves from a contemplative and mystical opening to a spirited finale. Although written in one continuous movement, this engaging work is divided into several major, contrasting sections set off from one another with intriguing metric modulations. (10’) Grade V. B438  $20.00 View on YouTube   - Score Sample.pdf
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3 (1.5MB); Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

or to order offline TRIO LYRIQUE, horn, bassoon & piano, B438  $20.00


Horn in chamber music - quartets                                               (Top of Page)

AVE VERUM CORPUS for brass quartet (2-1-1) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, transcribed by Howard J. Buss. This sensitive rendition of one of Mozart’s most sublime works makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (3’30”) Grade II-III.

or to order offline AVE VERUM CORPUS, brass quartet (2-1-1), B1008  $6.95 


CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) for brass quartet (2-1-1 or 2-0-2) part 3 of the music can be played by either a trombone or a horn, transcribed by Howard J. Buss. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. It makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (2’30”) Grade III.
Canzona
sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline CANZONA, brass quartet (2-1-1 or 2-0-2), B1011 $8.95 


Bones artworkBones artworkDRY 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 memorable 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 horn quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf ; Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
Dry Bones
brass quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf ; Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3

or to order offline DRY BONES - version for 4 horns, B1020 $8.95 
or to order offline DRY BONES- version for brass quartet (2-1-1 or 2-0-2), B1015 $8.95


Fuga VII cover art workFUGA VII from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 876, by Johann Sebastian Bach for brass quartet, [two B-flat trumpets, horn (an optional trombone part is included as a substitute for the horn on part 3), and trombone] transcribed by Howard J. Buss. Rather than intending to elicit a strong emotional response from listeners, this elegant music is designed to showcase compositional craftmanship and stilulate the intellect. This outstanding transcription makes a wonderful addition to a concert and is especially appropriate for performance in church. (3’) Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3;    Score_Sample.pdf

or to order offline FUGA VII, brass quartet, B1001  $7.95


Jazzical 4 cover artJAZZICAL #4 (2012) for horn, trombone, tuba and piano by Howard J. Buss . The composer states,  “It was not my aim to create a specific hybrid style by synthesizing jazz and modern classical music; rather, my intent was to systematically strip away the fundamental elements of jazz to explore at what point the music ceases being jazz and becomes classical. The style of this work is the resultant this procedure. Because the subject of what constitutes jazz (there are so many kinds) is so complex, depending upon the background and views of the listener, the music will sound jazzy (in varying degrees) to most, and mostly classical to others. (12’45”) Grade VI. B432 $36.00
Jazzical #4
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3; Excerpt_4.mp3

or to order offline JAZZICAL #4, horn, trombone, tuba & piano, B432 $36.00

Ricercare for brass quartet coverRICERCARE ON C by Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586) for brass quartet (2-1-1 or 2-0-2) part 3 of the music can be played by either a trombone or a horn, transcribed by Howard J. Buss. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. Particularly interesting are the meter changes involving metric modulations, a trait found in much of the dance music of the day. It makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a wonderful musical offering in church. (2’30”) Grade III. B1010  $8.95 
Ricercare on C sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline RICERCARE ON C, brass quartet (2-1-1 or 2-0-2), B1010  $8.95 


Horn in chamber music - quintets and larger                                                (Top of Page)

Brom Bones brass choir cover artBROM BONES for 10-part brass choir by Howard J. Buss musically depicts the character and exploits of Washington Irving’s dashing prankster in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The musical ensemble consists of 4 Bb trumpets (an optional Eb part is included for  trumpet 1), one horn, 3 tenor trombones, one bass trombone, and tuba. This entertaining composition is cast in five movements, the first two are interconnected:
                 I. Overture   (2:00)
                 II. The Smoke Out    (2.40)
                 III. The Schoolhouse Caper  (2:00)
                 IV. Ichabod’s Romance    (3:40)
                 V. Night Encounter   (3:10)         
Following the energetic and heroic Overture, in The Smoke Out tone clusters represent the buildup of smoke in Ichabod’s singing school. Chorale-like passages suggest the music of the singers in training. The movement ends in transition, as Brom Bones and his small band of pranksters gallop off to their next adventure. The third movement, The Schoolhouse Caper, combines very aggressive and topsy-turvy passages with humorous, plodding interjections. Ichabod’s Romance begins as a beautiful unaccompanied ballad which is abruptly disturbed by a cacophony of muted brass, suggesting the whining of Brom’s mocking dog. Beautiful hymn-like sections serve as the backdrop to heartfelt solo passages, which are again disturbed by Brom’s annoying dog. The movement ends as it began, with the beautiful  solo. The intense final movement, Night Encounter, depicts Ichabod’s frightening and fateful run-in with the Headless Horseman, suspected by some to be Brom Bones  in disguise. (14’30”)  Grade V-VI. B405BC $58.50
Brom Bones
sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

or to order offline BROM BONES for 10-part brass choir, B405BC $58.50  

CASCADES for brass quintet (2-1-1-1) by Roger  C. Vogel. Musical “cascades” rush forth from one another throughout in this exciting new work. Cascades is divided into 3 main sections. A fast energetic opening eventually gives way to a slower section before the opening mood returns in increasing intensity to the rousing conclusion.  This accessible composition makes an outstanding contest piece, feature number, or because of its character, a dashing encore. (4’) Grade IV-V. Cascades sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 (1 MB)

or to order offline CASCADES for brass quintet (2-1-1-1), B928  $16.50
 
CHROMATIC FANTASY (1997) for brass quintet (2-1-1-1) by Howard J. Buss was composed for the United States Air Force Brass Quintet. This exciting and engaging“tour de force” is a riveting excursion through driving ostinati and sparkling chromatic flourishes. Chromatic Fantasy was premiered by the U.S.A.F. Brass Quintet at the Eastern Trombone Workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Band in Ft. Meyer, VA.  (8’)  Grade V-VI.
Chromatic Fantasy
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3
or to order offline CHROMATIC FANTASY, brass quintet (2-1-1-1), B356  $18.50

CONCORD (1990) for brass quintet (2-1-1-1) by Howard J. Buss teems with the vitality of youth. Lyrical passages are juxtaposed with fanfare-like sections to create a dramatic and festive atmosphere. Written for the opening of a performing arts high school in Florida, this exciting composition was winner of the 1991 “Erik Satie Award” of New York City. This significant work makes a great contest piece or rousing feature number. (6’)  Grade V.  
Concord Sound Samples: Sample 1.mp3; Sample 2.mp3; Sample 3.mp3
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   FIVE STARS (2004) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) by Howard J. Buss was composed for the Pegasus Wind Quintet. Each of the 5 movements features a different member of the ensemble: Into the Maelstrom features the flute Sound Sample Mov.#1.mp3, A Distant Glow features the horn Sound Sample Mov.#2.mp3, Orbits features the oboe Sound Sample Mov.#3.mp3, The Message from the Cosmic Sea features the bassoon Sound Sample Mov.#4.mp3, and Dance of the Stars features the clarinet Sound Sample Mov.#5.mp3. This work is sophisticated, yet audience-friendly. It is well suited for school outreach concerts. (17’10") Grade V.
Videos on YouTube: I. Into the MaelstromII. A Distant GlowIII. Orbits , IV.The Message from the Cosmic Sea, V. Dance of the Stars     
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   INTRODUCTION AND DANCE (1964) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) by Edward Troupin (1925-2004). Mr. Troupin enjoyed an international reputation as a composer of instrumental music. Throughout his long and illustrious career as a professor of music at Ithaca College and later the University of Florida, he inspired numerous young composers. Mr. Troupin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University with a major in mathematics. Later he earned his master of music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Ross Lee Finney. Troupin’s sound-world is dramatic and full of vitality. His Introduction and Dance for wind quintet was composed in 1964. In this entertaining and delightful composition the colorful and contrasting sections combine in charming balance to make a memorable concert feature. Because of the character of the music Introduction and Dance also makes a rousing encore and an effective contest piece. (5’) Grade IV. Introduction and Dance Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
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NIGHT WINDS (1994) for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn & alto sax by Roger Vogel. This highly dramatic work is suggestive of the dark and somber quality of the themes and textures used throughout. The alto saxophone has been added to the traditional wind quintet and is treated as an integral member of the group. This composition is cyclic in form and is cast in a multi-sectional single movement: there are three slow sections that alternate with two faster ones. Night Winds was completed in 1994 and is dedicated to the musicians that premiered it: by Ronald Waln, flute; Dwight Manning, oboe; Theodore Jahn, clarinet; Jean Martin horn; William Davis, bassoon; and Ken Fischer, alto saxophone. (12’30”) Grade V.  Night Winds Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
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SONATA K. 380 by Scarlatti, Domenico for brass quintet (2-1-1-1), transcribed by Howard J. Buss. This delightful work was originally composed for keyboard by Domenico Scarlatti around the year 1754 and was entitled Sonata in E Major K. 380 (Longo 23). This transcription for brass quintet preserves the essential traits of the composer’s unique style, including his compositional use of register with florid treble parts and a strictly functional, supportive bass. (6’30”) Grade IV.
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SONIC FABLES: “Lessons from Aesop” (1991) for brass quintet (2-1-1-1) and one percussion by Howard J. Buss. Entertaining musical representations of six of Aesop’s famous fables are presented between a Prelude and Postlude. The text of the fables is printed on a preliminary page to the score and may be used as written program notes. Each fable may also by recited by a member of the ensemble or a narrator prior to performing the accompanying movement. Because of the programmatic subject matter and the colorful spirit of the music, Sonic Fables works well with all types of audiences, including those of children. It is frequently used as a feature number by professional ensembles on school programs. Percussion: 2 suspended cymbals, temple blocks, snare drum, tomtom, triangle, tambourine, wind chimes, xylophone, and tam-tam. The total duration is about 17 minutes; however, the 8 movements may be performed in smaller groupings if so desired by the performers. (18’) Grade V-VI. B339  $36.00   Sonic Fables Sound Samples:
Prelude.mp3 (excerpt with the beginning of narrator's lead-in to the first fable)
The Hawk and the Nightingale.mp3 (excerpt)
The Middle-Aged Man and His Two Mistresses.mp3 (excerpt)
The Cat and the Rooster.mp3 (excerpt)
The PipingFisherman.mp3 (excerpt, with the beginning of narrator's lead-in to the next movement) 940KB
The Fox and the Leopard.mp3 (excerpt)
The Lion and the Bear.mp3 (excerpt)
Postlude.mp3 (excerpt)

or to order offline SONIC FABLES, brass quintet (2-1-1-1) & one percussion, B339  $36.00

TWO MODERN MOTETS(2005) for wind quintet by Peter Rothbart was written while he was intensively studying sixteenth century motets. Intrigued by the contrapuntal nature of the genre with its simultaneous interconnectedness and independence of the lines, the composer wrote the first movement, alla Stile Antico, with this in mind.  The second movement, alla Stravinsky, was influenced by Rothbart’s long-time fascination with Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical works. In particular, he was inspired by Stravinsky’s extraordinary sense of balanced form, combined with modern rhythms and melodies. The two movements of this exciting quintet complement one another beautifully. Two Modern Motets makes a brilliant concert feature as well as an impressive contest piece.  (4’30”) Grade V.
Two Modern Motets sound samples: Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2.mp3

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WARP! (1994) for brass quintet by Robert J. Frank. The title was inspired by the term from Star Trek where warp engines would bend time and space to propel the ship at incredible speeds. Exploring relationships between time and space in a musical sense, this work begins with motives and fragments free-floating in space. These gradually build in energy and motion until coming into phase with one another. After this cadence, a motor section expands and develops the previous free-floating motives over driving, repeated patterns. As the speed increases, these motives fade in and out of phase with each other until the motives come back into phase at "warp speed" in the exciting conclusion. (3') Grade V.
Warp! sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
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