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Trombone and Euphonium Music Index (includes
music for bass trombone)
Trombone or euphonium with one other instrument (An asterisk, "*" after the word "trombone" means that the part may also be played by a euphonium.) Includes trombone & piano, trombone or euphonium and electronic recording, trombone duos, etc.
Award Winner! ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for trombone or (bass trombone) and electronic recording by Howard
J. Buss is a playful and capricious fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the composition. The composer envisioned a trombonist performing outside in an open area during an air show by an alien craft. During the opening section he/she is playing 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. It is best played on a trombone with an F-attachment. The general tessitura of the work also allows it to be performed on a bass trombone. Alien Loop de Loops was winner of the 2015 American Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The publication includes the sheet music and a CD (attached to the inside of the back cover) that contains a performance track and the accompaniment track. (6’47”)
ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for euphonium or (tuba) and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a playful and capricious fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. 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. Ossia suggestions are included for some of the more technical passages. The general tessitura of the work also allows it to be performed on a tuba. 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 2 performance tracks for reference, one for euphonium and one for tuba, and the accompaniment track. (6’47”) Grade V. B446E $20.00
Sound samples (on euphonium): Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
Sound samples (on tuba): Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3
BALLAD (2004) for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano by Howard J. Buss is a beautiful piece that radiates a sensuous lyricism and a nostalgic mood. It received its world premier on May 9, 2004 at the Chetham School of Music in Manchester, England by Jonathan Warburton, bass trombone and Gilbert Cowlishaw, piano. Ballad was commissioned by Mr. Warburton. 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 10) Grade IV-V.
Ballad Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3 (the ending).mp3
score sample .pdf View on YouTube
DIVERSIONS (2009) for flute & trombone duo by Howard J. Buss. The 4 movements are programmatic in a general way: First Impressions is a friendly musical conversation reflecting the ebb and flow of ideas that two people may exchange and develop when meeting the first time. The music has an easygoing quality with the discourse becoming quite excited at times. The Challenge begins with a flute cadenza that highlights the agility the instrument with rapid tonguing, quick dashes of sound, and trills. When the trombonist enters and demonstrates to the surprised flutist the ability to execute similar passages also with agility and finesse, it becomes apparent that a challenge has been issued. For the remainder of the movement the two players try to impress one another with their individual technical prowess. The manner in which the two finish the movement together suggests the contest is a draw. By Starlight has a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. The lyricism is woven into a predominately consonant harmonic tapestry that at times melts into poignant dissonance. By contrast, the freewheeling final movement, Carnival, is bright and exuberant. (12’30” Grade VI. YouTube video of a live performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPPiWm0XTwc
FABLES FROM AESOP (2001) for violin and trombone* by Howard J. Buss in 5 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. Buss employs a variety of meters, tonalities, and an equality of parts to set this duet apart from other instrumental duos of mixed descent. This is a captivating achievement of great variety and craftsmanship. - reviewed by Joel Elias, California State University, Sacramento in the July 2005 International Trombone Association Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3 - (13) Grade V.
Fables from Aesop score samples: Excerpt, Movement 1.pdf
Excerpt, Movement 2.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 3.pdf: Excerpt, Movement 4.pdf; Excerpt, Movement 5.pdf
FOUR MINIATURES for trombone* and bass trombone (or tuba) by Howard J. Buss is a vibrant and colorful sonatina. This composition is in 4 movements: Aggressive, Contemplative, Buoyant, and Energetic. The playful, yet sophisticated character of the music makes this an audience-friendly work. (9’20”) Grade V.
Score samples: Excerpt 1.pdf ; Excerpt 2.pdf ; Excerpt 3.pdf B425A $16.00
ILLUMINATIONS for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano by Howard J. Buss was commissioned for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. It is cast in two engaging movements: Reverie and Urban Lights. The first movement is lyrical and contemplative in nature, the second is a frolicking rondo which is hugely influenced by jazz and, in one section, funk music. This is a must for your next recital! (19) Grade V. This work is also available in a version for bass trombone & band (see below).
Illuminations for bass trombone & piano Sound Samples: Movement 1 Sample A.mp3;
Movement 1 Sample B.mp3;; Movement 2 Sample A.mp3; Movement 2 Sample B.mp3
LULLABYE FOR BEAR by Lee Heritage in versions for trombone* and piano, and trombone* choir (5 part) is a charming composition in which conservative modern writing is used in an appealing manner. Grade II-III. (330)
Lullaby for Bear (ensemble version) Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
(Live outdoor recording: You will hear the faint sound of night crickets in the background.)
NIGHT TIDE (1995) for trombone and marimba by Howard J. Buss. An evocative interplay between aggressive and serene sections, this enchanting duo is an impression of the New England coastline at night. The evenings highlight, Night Tide was a stunning aural portrait of the seas ebb and flow. - The Maine Sunday Telegram. (830) Grade V. Recorded on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Manuel Quesada Benitez and Yu-Jung Chung (available from Brixton).
Sound Sample#1.mp3; Sound Sample#2.mp3
PAS DE DEUX for flute and trombone* by Roger Vogel is an engaging suite in four movements: Fandango, Siciliana, Basse Danse, and Saltarello. (9’) Grade IV-V.
SOLAR LIGHTS (2011) for tenor and bass trombone duo by Roger Vogel is a picturesque work in 6 movements: The Sun, The Full Moon, Shooting Stars, Panets, Aurora Borealis, and UFO's. The movements may be performed individually or in any grouping. (17') Grade V.
THREE DANCES for clarinet and trombone* by Thomas Zugger in 3 movements : Jazz Waltz, Slow Dance, and Irish Jig. In this work the "lead" in each dance is shared in alternation between the two instrumentalists. The first movement, Jazz Waltz, is in ABA form with the middle section being a waltz in 4/4. The melody is introduced by the trombone and is passed back and forth throughout. In the enchanting second movement, Slow Dance, the musical material undergoes continuous development with the equality of the parts being paramount. The energetic final movement, Irish Jig, opens with an intriguing mixed meter section which leads to the rousing jig. It concludes with an exciting and frenzied accelerando and fugue. This work is fun to perform and has a great audience appeal! Recorded on the CD Dances and Dreams [Mark Records 8290-MCD] (1130) Grade IV.
Sound samples: Excerpt, Movement 1.mp3); Excerpt, Movement 2.mp3: Movement 3.mp3
Note: Other works in the Brixton catalog for clarinet & trombone are Capriccio for clarinet, trombone & percussion, and Florida Tableau for clarinet, trombone & piano, both by Howard J. Buss, and Tom Zugger's A Thousand Words for clarinet, trombone & viola- see trombone in chamber music: trios.
TIME CAPSULE (2002) by Howard Buss is a sonatina in 4 movements: 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. The final movement, Homeward Bound, begins with a fanfare-like passage that gives way to a spirited dance characterized by an intriguing interplay between the two instruments. (7) Grade IV-V.
TREK! A Fantasy for Trombone and Piano (1999) by Howard J. Buss is a powerful, exciting romp through 4 continuous movements. Fanfare, fugal, and jazzy sections contrast. This is a must for advanced players. Commissioned for the 1999 International Trombone Festival in New York, premiered by Douglas Wright (Minnesota Orchestra). (9) Grade VI.
Sound Samples: 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.
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version for trombone and band:
VENTURES for solo euphonium and percussion (1 or 2 players) by Howard J. Buss was written during 2014 and is dedicated to Patrick Nyren. Cast in three movements, Boldly, Introspective, and Go!, This colorful work demonstrates the incredible expressive range and technical capabilities of the instruments. The percussion instrument setup is designed so that it can be performed by one or two players. Ventures received its premiere performance on November 2, 2014 by Patrick Nyren, euphonium, and percussionists Daniel Lyons and Kenny Goss at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. It is a "must" for all serious euphonium players! (14'45") Grade VI. B445 $30.00
Venturessound samples: Movement 1_excerpt 1.mp3;
Movement 1_excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 2_excerpt 1.mp3; Movement 2_excerpt 2.mp3; Movement 3_excerpt 1.mp3;
Movement 3_excerpt 2.mp3
View on YouTube Ventures: I. Boldly, Ventures: II. Introspective, and Ventures: III Go!
ZOOM (2011) for bass trombone (or tuba) and harp by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by Brandt Attema and Astrid Haring and written during the winter of 2010-11. The composition was inspired by the spectacular images as seen through a satellite camera as the composer zoomed in on the coastline of The Netherlands. The strong narrative quality of the music couples with Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies, makes this work accessible to a wide array of different types of audiences. (10'30") Grade VI. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3); Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4, the ending.mp3
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