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A THOUSAND WORDS for clarinet, viola & trombone by Thomas Zugger in four colorful movements: Irony, Blue Image, Serenity, and Rush Hour. (14’) Grade V.
Score samples (transposed score):
Excerpt, Movement 1.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 2.pdf;
Excerpt, Movement 3.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 4.pdf

or to order offline A THOUSAND WORDS for clarinet, viola & trombone, B742 $24.00 

ATLANTIC LEGEND (1983) by David Alpher evokes images of the craggy, rock bound coast of New England and the timeless lore of the North Atlantic. Although the instrumentation suggests a Baroque continuo sound, the musical material is exclusively 20th Century. (14’30”)
Atlantic Legend (viola/cello/harpsichord version) Sound Samples:
Sound Sample 1.mp3 (989K) Sound Sample 2.mp3 (1MB) (Recorded on Ongaku Records #024-112)
or to order offline ATLANTIC LEGEND, version for viola, cello & harpsichord, B101 $28.50
Atlantic Legend (flute/viola/harpsichord version) Sound Samples:
Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2.mp3
or to order offline ATLANTIC LEGEND, version for flute, viola & harpsichord, B102 $28.50

AWAKENING by Howard Buss is a charming, soulful composition strongly influenced by the Jewish Klezmer idiom. The music moves from a mystical, contemplative opening to an energetic finale. Color is added to the ensemble with the use of wind chimes, finger cymbals, and finger rolls on the body of the string bass. This work is a memorable addition to any recital, and because of its spiritual nature, makes a wonderful musical offering in a house of worship. (7’)  Grade IV.
for flute, guitar, and string bass score sample (score in C):
or to order offline AWAKENING, version for alto flute, guitar & string bass, B307A $16.50 
Awakening (clarinet, guitar & string bass version) Sound Samples:
Excerpt 1, the opening.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the end).mp3
or to order offline AWAKENING - version for clarinet, guitar and string bass  B307 $16.50 

Ballad & Epilogue coverBALLAD AND EPILOGUE for string trio (violin, viola & cello) by Roman Placzek is a heartfelt tribute to Walter Ford Carter and the memory of his father, Dr. Elmer Norval Carter, whose story is immortalized in Walter’s book No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love published by Smithsonian Books. “I composed the piece while living with my host family, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Carter in Newton, MA. Walter’s mother died during that time and I learned that he grew up without a father. Walter’s father, died a hero during the invasion of Normandy gunned down by a sniper while attending a wounded soldier. Walter’s mother never spoke of her husband again. One day I saw an open diary Walter’s father kept during those days and I realized that among the last words he wrote in his life were thoughts of love for his two sons, and he specifically mentioned Walter. Ballad depicts Walter’s life growing up and rearing his children while never knowing his father. Epilogue portrays the rediscovery of his parent when, after the death of his mother, Walter found his father’s letters and a diary she was hiding from him until her death. The role of each instrument is vital to me. All 3 voices play an equally important role, taking their leading parts as the story unfolds. Being a professional cellist with profound knowledge of string playing and all bowed string instruments, I make sure that the players are indulged in the performance of my pieces, same as the audience. Based on my personal experience performing it many times in U.S. and in Europe, Ballad and Epilogue gives a great pleasure to the performers and audience alike.” – Roman Placzek (11’22”) Grade IV-V. B170 $28.50 
entire work can be heard on YouTube

or to order offline BALLAD AND EPILOGUE for string trio (violin, viola & cello) B170 $28.50
CANTICLES for clarinet, cello & piano by Roger Vogel is a beautiful, lyrical work in two movements: Lied Rhapsody and Serenade-Caprice.  While often associated with liturgical music. The term “canticle” is simply a synonym for a song. In Canticles the main musical ideas are song-like melodies that are shared by all three instruments.  (18’)  Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt,Mvt.1A.mp3; Excerpt,Mvt.1B.mp3; Excerpt,Mvt.2A.mp3;

or to order offline CANTICLES for clarinet, cello & piano, B929 $22.00  

CONSENSUS FENCES (1991) for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet & string bass by Erik Lund. This energetic trio is a “must” for the advanced new music ensemble.
Sound Sample 1.mp3; Sound Sample 2.mp3
Recorded on Opus One Records: CD164 by the Ciosone Trio. (10’30”)  Grade VI.
or to order offline CONSENSUS FENCES flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet & string bass, B401 $28.50

THE DEVIL’S SONGBOOK “Eight Irreverent Songs” (1993) for medium or high voice, bassoon (or cello or contrabass) and piano by Roger C. Vogel is based upon humorous texts which explore the nature of various aspects of human nature. The songs are entitled Of Politicians (lyrics by William Shakespeare and Hilaire Belloc), Of Businessmen (lyrics by Mark Twain), Of Critics and Music (lyrics by Robert F. Murray, Charles Lamb, and the composer), Of Vanity (lyrics by James Thomson), Of Attorneys (lyrics derived from an anonymous quote on the Headstone of Mr. Jonathan Gill, Esq. who died February 6, 1751), Of the Media (lyrics by Humbert Wolfe), Of Vanity (anonymous), and Of Celebration (lyrics by Dorothy Parker). (20’15”) Grade V.
The Devils Song Book Sound Samples:
Of Politicians, Excerpt 1.mp3
Of Attorneys, Excerpt 2 .mp3
Of Businessmen, Excerpt 3.mp3
Of the Media, Excerpt 4.mp3
Of Critics and Music, Excerpt 5.mp3
Of Virtue, Excerpt 6.mp3
Of Vanity, Excerpt 7.mp3
Of Celebration, Excerpt 8.mp3

or to order offline THE DEVIL’S SONGBOOK for medium or high voice, bassoon (or cello or contrabass) and piano, B901 $30.00

dream trio coverDREAM TRIO for violin, cello and piano by Roman Placzak is in 3 movements: Dream, Intermezzo, and Memory of the Dream. The inspiration for this work was the composer’s youthful falling in love with a beautiful pianist who was a year older student at Ostrava Conservatory. The chosen key for the work is A minor for the outer movements and C major for the Intermezzo. All three are closely connected thematically. While Dream and Memory of Dream describe the emotional upheaval the composer experienced, Intermezzo is a joyful sonic depiction of a snowy day that came while he was working on the piece. (15’22”) Grade V. B172 $36.00     
Score Samples
: Movement_1.pdf; Movement_2.pdf; Movement_3.pdf
or to order offline DREAM TRIO for violin, cello and piano B172 $36.00
IN THE MIRROR OF TIME (2003) for clarinet, violin & cello by Howard Buss in two engaging movements: Recollections and Moving On. The first is lyrical and sweet and is permeated by a nostalgic ambience. The second retains some of the sentimentality of the first, but is more animated and pushes forward suggesting the relentless progression of time. Each movement is approximately 5 minutes in duration. (10’) Grade V.)

YouTube videos: Movement I."Recollections", Movement II."Moving On"
Sound Samples: Sample Movement 1A.mp3, Sample Movement 1B.mp3, Sample Movement 2A.mp3
or to order offline IN THE MIRROR OF TIME for clarinet, violin & cello, B389 $18.50

LOVE LETTERS(2002) for high voice (soprano or tenor), violin & piano by Roger C. Vogel is an entertaining and memorable song cycle based on texts selected to represent the many different aspects of the universal emotion of love: from longing, exuberance, excitement, and playfulness to sorrow and despair. The songs may be performed individually. Love Letters is recorded on the OASIS CD Love Letters (ORCV4000), available from Brixton Publications CD-109. (45’) Grade IV-V.
The songs are: 1. Your Letter Moved Me 2:29; 2. I Lie Awake 3:52; 3. Dear Miss West Forty-seventh Street 1:49; 4. My Dearest Nell (voice and piano) 7:45; 5. The French Ladies 3:39
6. My Darling Dear, Delightful Ringo 2:57; 7. Have You Heard That I Love You (voice and violin) 3:07
8. Alas! I have Suffered Your Scorn! 11:36; 9. Everything Measurable Passes 1:45
10. Interlude (violin and piano) 2:59; 11. Adieu, I Seal My Letter 4:36
or to order offline LOVE LETTERS for high voice (soprano or tenor), violin & piano, (sheet music) B925 $48.50

REMEMBRANCES (2000) by Howard J. Buss is a lyrical, enjoyable work written in an appealing modern style. It was written immediately following the death of the composer's 97-year-old grandmother. Rather than being a somber memorial or musical epitaph, this charming and melodious composition is a celebration of life. The Remembrancesfinishes in a spirit of buoyant optimism. (8’) Grade IV.
Remembrances, version for clarinet, cello & piano sound samples:
Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
Remembrances, version for flute, cello & piano score sample: Excerpt.pdf
Remembrances, version for trumpet, cello & piano score sample: Excerpt.pdf

or to order offline REMEMBRANCES - Version for flute, cello & piano, B366 $18.50 
or to order offline REMEMBRANCES - Version for trumpet, cello & piano, B364 $18.50
or to order offline REMEMBRANCES - Version for clarinet, cello & piano  B365 $18.50

Reverie_Buss coverREVERIE (1992) for clarinet, viola & piano by Howard J. Buss. This beautiful, neo-impressionistic work was commissioned by Luis Rossi and the Trio de Buenos Aires. It was premiered by this ensemble in Madrid, Spain at the Circulo de Bellas Artes on February 20, 1994. Reverie is a sophisticated work, rewarding for the performers and audience alike. As the title suggests, the music is contemplative. The writing is idiomatic and imaginative. (10’30”)  Grade  IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3 View on YouTube
or to order offline REVERIE for clarinet, viola & piano, B335 $18.50 

SAINT FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS for flute, clarinet & harp by Howard J. Buss is a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, the venerated Catholic friar, preacher, founder of several Orders, and lover of animals and the environment. Cast in 2 programmatic movements, The Birds, and The Wolf, this composition musically portrays two of the many well-known stories of how Saint Francis communicated with animals. Saint Francis and the Animals was commissioned by Kathleen Jones for ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy.  (11’30”)   Grade V-VI.  B434   $28.50
Saint Francis and the Animals
Sound Samples: Movement I, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 1, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 1.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 2.mp3; Movement II, excerpt 3.mp3
Videos on YouTube: I. The Birds, and II. The Wolf 
or to order offlineSAINT FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS for flute, clarinet & harp, B434  $28.50

TENNESSEE SUITE (2001) for flute, viola & piano by Howard J. Buss is based upon the composer’s visit to the Smoky Mountains, in four beautiful and picturesque movements: Mystic Dawn, Treetop Capers, Cades Cove, and The Trail to Abrams Falls. Written for Shelley Binder. (13’) Grade V. 
Sound Samples:
Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 2 (the ending).mp3;
Excerpt, Movement 3.mp3; Excerpt, Movement 4.mp3
View on YouTube: I. Mystic Dawn,   II. Treetop Capers, III. Cades Cove, and
IV. The Trail to Abrams Falls  
or to order offline TENNESSEE SUITE for flute, viola & piano, B370 $28.50

TRIO for flute, cello & piano by Haskell Small is divided into 3 movements: Allegro non-troppo, Andante, and Allegro molto energico. Haskell Small has been hailed by the Washington Post for his "rich imagination and assured mastery." Recorded on the CD 25 Preludes: A Musical Odyssey (Northeastern Classical Arts NR 242-CD) by Virginia Nanzetta, flute; Douglas Wolters, cello; and ”) Grade V.  Trio Sound Samples:
Sample Movement 1.mp3; Sample Movement 2.mp3; Sample Movement 3.mp3
or to order offline TRIO for flute, cello & piano, B604 $18.50

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