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Trombone or euphonium ensembles
(An asterisk, "*" after the word "trombone" means that the part may also be played by a euphonium.)   

AQUARIUS (2013) for three trombones* by Howard J. Buss showcases both the agility and the beautiful, sonorous tone of instruments.  It is the second in a series of works by the composer inspired by the signs of the Zodiac. The 2 movements are At the Glow of Dawn and Ocean Blue. Aquarius explores a variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The sophisticated musical language coupled with soaring melodies and intriguing rhythms makes it an accessible concert work as well as an impressive contest piece.   (7’) Grade V.  
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the beginning).mp3
; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3;
Excerpt 4 (the ending).mp3

or to order offline AQUARIUS, 3 trombones and/or euphoniums,  B440  $16.50

AVE VERUM CORPUS by W. A. 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 - Version for four trombones* or ensemble  B1009  $6.95
or to order offline AVE VERUM CORPUS- Version for brass quartet (2-1-1*)  B1008  $6.95 

BROM BONES for trombone octet by Howard Buss.
This riveting “tour de force” musically depicts the character and exploits of Washington Irving’s dashing prankster, Brom Bones, in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The musical ensemble consists of 2 trombone quartets, each comprised of three tenors and one bass. The work is cast in 5 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 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 brassy muted trombones, 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 trombone 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. This is a “must” for the advanced college ensemble. Score & parts included. (14') Grade V-VI. B405 $38.50    Score Sample.pdf
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3 Score sample:
or to order offline BROM BONES for trombone octet, B405 $38.50

 
CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) 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. 2-page score sample.pdf   (trombone quartet version)
Canzona
for trombone quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
Canzona for brass quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3

or to order offline CANZONA - Version for 4 trombones* or ensemble, B1013 $8.95
or to order offline CANZONA - Version for brass quartet (2-1-1* or 2-0-2*) part 3 of the music can be played by either a trombone* or a French horn  B1011 $8.95

CROSSROADS(2011) for 4-part trombone choir and 8 percussion by Howard J. Buss was written during the summer of 2011 and is dedicated to Tom Brantley and Robert McCormick. The University of South Florida Trombone Choir and Percussion Ensemble premiered it in Tampa, Florida on January 21, 2012. The character of this music is strongly influenced by jazz and Latin music. The intriguing rhythms and soaring melodies combined with the implied theatre suggested by the staging, make this a sophisticated, yet accessible composition that is rewarding to perform and listen to. The 4 trombone parts may be performed with a quartet; however, it is desirable to have multiple players used on each part except in those areas where the score specifically specifies one player on a part for a particular passage. The unique instrumentation of this ensemble, combined with the prevalence of numerous colleges and universities that have trombone choirs and percussion ensembles, make this a concert work that is destined to become standard literature. (15’40”) Grade V. 
Additional Information: Percussion setup page.pdf   General notes and instructions.pdf
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3, Excerpt_2.mp3, Excerpt_3.mp3, Excerpt_4.mp3
View at CROSSROADS YouTube Video
or to order offline CROSSROADS full set (score and parts) B429 $68.50 
or to order offline CROSSROADS Score only (for study or as an extra) B429S $22.00  
or to order offline CROSSROADS Parts only B429P $46.50  

DRY BONES, the well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone's connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to the...), 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. 2-page score sample.pdf
Dry Bones
trombone quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
Dry Bones brass quartet score sample: Excerpt.pdf
or to order offline DRY BONES arranged for 4 trombones* (3 tenor and 1 bass)  B1014  $8.95
or to order offline DRY BONES arranged for brass quartet (2-1-1* or 2-0-2*) B1015 $8.95

LEVI'S DREAM (2011) for trombone* quartet (3 tenors and one bass) or ensemble by Howard J. Buss. This colorful work showcases the agility and rich sonority of the instruments. 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 ensemble. 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 an audience-friendly work appropriate for the concert hall or in a house of worship. Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3 (7'40") Grade V. B428T $18.50
or to order offline LEVI'S DREAM, trombone* quartet or ensemble, B428T $18.50

 
   
LULLABYE FOR BEAR by Lee Heritage is a charming work in which conservative modern writing is used in an appealing manner to create a dreamy mood. Grade II-III. (3’30”) version for trombone* choir (5 part)  Lullaby for Bear Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3
(Live outdoor recording: You will hear the faint sound of night crickets in the background.)

or to order offline LULLABYE FOR BEAR, trombone* choir (5 part) B727  $10.00


ODYSSEY (1987) for trombone quartet (or ensemble) by Howard J. Buss is scored for three tenor and one bass. (A tenor with an F-attachment may play the 4th part is no bass is available.) This riveting composition is an exciting musical excursion by one of the eminent composers of contemporary trombone music. Bold fanfare sections contrast with beautiful chorale-like passages. The writing is idiomatic and the ranges are modest. (Part 1 ascends briefly to an optional high Cb and part 4 descends to a pedal G.) No extended techniques are employed, yet because of the intriguing scoring and the tasteful, ingenuous use of mutes, the music sounds fresh and invigorating. (10’10”) Grade V.
Sound sample.mp3
or to order offline ODYSSEY, trombone quartet (or ensemble), B330 $20.00

Prayer_trombone ensemblePRAYER (2015) for 12-part trombone 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 trombone 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.
Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 -  Score Sample.pdf
(A version of this work for tuba-euphonium ensemble is on our tuba page.)
or to order offline  Prayer for 12-part trombone ensemble, B448 $24.00

   
PRELUDE AND INTRADA (2007) for four euphoniums and/or trombones
by Howard Buss. This quartet features lyrical writing and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude is an interesting combination of 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. It works well as 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
or to order offline PRELUDE & INTRADA, 4 euphoniums and/or trombones, B409A $18.50
 
RICERCARE ON C by Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586) 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. 2-page score sample.pdf
Ricercare on C
for trombone quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
Ricercare on C
for brass quartet sound sample: Excerpt.mp3
or to order offline RICERCARE ON C - Version for four trombones* or ensemble,  B1012  $8.95
or to order offline RICERCARE ON C - Version for brass quartet (2-1-1* or 2-0-2*) part 3 of the music can be played by either a trombone* or a French horn  B1010  $8.95


SHOWDOWN for 10-part trombone choir by Howard Buss was composed during the latter months of 2009 for Nathaniel Brickens, The University of Texas-Austin Trombone Choir, and the 2010 International Trombone Festival. This entertaining work is a musical depiction of two opposing groups of cowboys. Each group is comprised of a soloist and 4 “companions.” Following the initial fanfare, the groups individually showcase their musical prowess. Eventually they clash in a riveting sonic “gunfight.” Showdown mixes Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism, energetic rhythms, and colorful harmonies with forceful and idiomatic writing for the trombones. The result is sure to please both the audience and performers!  (10’30”)  Grade V.  Score Sample.pdf
Showdown
sound samples (from live concert) Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3
or to order offline SHOWDOWN, for 10-part trombone choir, B424   $48.50  

Trombone Graffiti coverTROMBONE GRAFFITI for trombone quartet or ensemble by Howard J. Buss was composed in the fall of 2016 and is dedicated to The American Trombone Quartet. While writing this work the composer envisioned trombonists creating graffiti, not in the usual manner with paint and chalk, but with sonic gestures. The composition is musically sophisticated, yet is designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. At times the music is characterized by bold, colorful swoops of sound, often with idiomatic glissandi. In other sections, staccato passages suggest a pointillist approach to creating the graffiti. Throughout, an undercurrent of edginess and electrifying tension permeates the music, as if to suggest the graffiti artists face the risk of getting caught in the act of producing their art. (7’14”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3
or to order offline TROMBONE GRAFFITI for trombone quartet or ensemble, B465 $22.00


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