On the Stroke of Midnight
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Trombone
ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT for solo trombone (playable on bass trombone) by Howard J. Buss traverses a wide variety of atmospheres, from ranging from gentle, mysterious passages, to intense and powerful exclamations. This work was written for trombonist, Dr. Brian Brink. Throughout there is a sense of mysticism, as if an incantation is taking place around the arrival of midnight. Various extended techniques enhance the traditional trombone sound, such as plunger effects, simultaneous singing and playing, flutter tonguing, growling, etc. The composition may be performed as a traditional concert piece or as a theatre piece.