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  1. A Brief History of a Star

    Composer: McGuire, Michael
    Instrumentation: Octet Instruments: Euphonium, Percussion, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
    4 Euphs, 4 Tubas and 3 Percussion; with special thanks to Mr James Barnes, Mr. Scott Watson, and the K.U. Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble Learn More

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  2. A Miniature Suite

    Composer: Cummings, Barton
    Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
    5 Euphs, 5 Tubas, Timpani and Percussion; for Winston Morris and Symphonia; I. Fanfare II. The Clouds of Autumn III. Scherzo IV. Chorale V. Remembering Rich Learn More

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  3. Abrelatas

    Composer: Goble, Joseph
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Euphonium
    Genre: Contemporary
    with optional Percussion Learn More

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  4. Age of Electronicus, The

    Composer: Pardus, William
    Instrumentation: Ensemble Instruments: Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary

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  5. American Phoenix

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Bass Trombone, Percussion, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
    Written for Stefan Sanders, then bass trombonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Association. In 3 movements, this colorful work was composed immediately following the important world events of September 11, 2001. It was premiered by Mr. Sanders and members of the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble at the 2002 International Trombone Festival in Denton, Texas. It is in 3 movements: In Remembrance 9/11/01, Repercussions, and Renewal. Percussion Distribution - Percussion 1: Xylophone, tubular bells (chimes), suspended cymbal, snare drum, police whistle, and Chinese bell tree; Percussion 2: Vibraphone, 2 suspended cymbals, 4 tom toms, bongos, and wood block; Percussion 3: Marimba, tam-tam, lion roar, ratchet, slapstick, wind chimes, and suspended cymbal; Percussion 4: Marimba (to low A), timpani (4), tambourine, 2 cowbells, and suspended cymbal. "Buss’ melodies vary. They are mystic, poignant, heroic, often modal, and at times reminiscent of folk songs. He writes for the percussion ensemble with mastery and features a wide range of instruments. The sound landscape is rich with many moods and timbres. American Phoenix is an attractive addition to a solo program or as a feature piece for a percussion recital. It is rewarding for both performer and audience.” - The ITA Journal, January 2005 Learn More

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  6. Atmospheres

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Percussion, Trumpet
    Genre: Contemporary
    A colorful, captivating duo in 3 movements: The Wakening; One Sunday, Long Ago; and On-the-Edge. It was commissioned by the Double Take Duo. The first movement begins with a mysterious and turbulent section featuring dramatic contrasts of dynamics and mood. Eventually this gives way to passages with a hint of playfulness. It culminates in an intriguing dance-like section with a distinctively Latin flare. One Sunday, Long Ago is divided into 2 main parts: the first uses lyrical, soaring melodies played on the Flügelhorn over a delicate ostinato on the maracas. Notable about the percussion part in this section is that the percussionist also plays the bongos and tambourine (setting on a table) with the bodies of the maracas, and the suspended cymbals with the butts of the maraca handles. It ends with an intriguing interplay between the marimba and the Flügelhorn,creating a beautiful, and almost meditative, atmosphere. The final movement is energetic, highly dramatic, and is obviously influenced by jazz. The percussion instruments used include marimba (to low A), two suspended cymbals, bongos, temple blocks, tambourine, maracas, wood block, tam-tam, cow bell, and triangle. The marimba part calls mostly for two-mallet technique.When 4 mallets are employed (in the third movement) sparingly, they are used in repeated chordal patterns. ATMOSPHERES is recorded on the Double Take Duo CD Atmospheres and on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Diego Arias and Yu-Jung Chung. It is a sophisticated work with audience appeal! Learn More

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  7. Behind the Invisible Mask

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Bassoon, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    This work clearly demonstrates Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism and exciting contrasts with intriguing rhythms. The title refers to the complex of emotions a person may experience while reconciling conflicts between his/her internal world and public role (invisible mask).The percussion set-up includes: marimba, temple blocks, bongos, tam-tam, bass drum, maracas, tambourine, suspended cymbals and agogo bells. This is a memorable and captivating feature number for advanced players. Learn More

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  8. Big Bang, The

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Percussion, Piano
    Genre: Contemporary
    This significant work in 2 movements is a musical representation of the “Big Bang” theory of the creation of the universe which contends that our ever-expanding universe began as a colossal explosion at a single point in space. During the first movement, The Creation, all musical development grows out of an initial blast of sound. Waves of sound mass gradually crystallize into definite pitches leading to the formation of the natural harmonic series. 12-tone fragments intertwine and gradually coalesce into perceptible melodies. This musical development is analogous to the formation of compounds, amino acids, etc. Midway through The Creation the “spark of life" is introduced in an abrupt shift of musical activity which undergoes continuous development to the end of the movement. The animated second movement, Dance of Life, is a joyous celebration of life. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: 2 suspended cymbals, 3 brake drums, 2 cowbells, temple blocks, tam-tam & sand blocks; Perc. 2: Orchestra bells, 5 roto toms & triangle; Perc.3: Flexitone, timpani (4), wind chimes, bongos & a thunder sheet (or a large tam-tam); Perc. 4: Xylophone, suspended cymbal, bass drum & chimes (tubular bells); Perc. 5: Marimba, 2 anvils metal pipes may be substituted), tambourine, finger cymbals & triangle; Perc. 6: Vibraphone, chimes (tubular bells) which are shared with player 4, snare drum, 2 suspended cymbals & tam-tam.The piano is treated as an integral part of the percussion battery. This engaging work is appropriate for a college-level percussion ensemble. Learn More

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  9. Brillenbass

    Composer: Read, Thomas
    Instrumentation: Trio Instruments: Celesta, Percussion, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
    Tuba, Celesta and Cymbals; for Mark Nelson Learn More

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  10. Capriccio

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble Instruments: Clarinet, Percussion, Trombone
    Genre: Contemporary
    A whimsical composition. the overall structure of the work is related to sonata-rondo form. Following an introduction, the frolicking Exposition unfolds only to be interrupted by a chorale-like episode followed by a paraphrase of the opening “thematic” material. The development section consists primarily of cadenzas for the percussionist, trombonist, and clarinetist respectively. (The cadenzas are separated by colorful transitional passages.) The clarinet cadenza is abruptly interrupted by the percussionist and trombonist leading to a section in Dixieland style. The composition concludes with a Recapitulation and Coda. Capriccio subtly pokes fun at the pyrotechnical characteristics exhibited by many contemporary compositions and the same time hints at a parallel with similar elements in Dixieland and jazz. The work was premiered in at the University of South Florida in Tampa by the composer on trombone, clarinetist Judy E. Buss, and percussionist Robert McCormick on November 24, 1981. The instrumentation includes 5 tom-toms, snare drum, tambourine, suspended cymbals, cowbells, triangle, tam-tam, bell tree, one timpani, vibraphone & bells. "Frolicking and freewheeling with 12-tone Dixieland to boot!" - The London Times Learn More

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  11. Christmas Brass

    Composer: Traditional Arranger: Buckley, Lewis
    Instrumentation: Brass Choir Instruments: Euphonium, French Horn, Percussion, Timpani, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
    Genre: Christmas
    Christmas Brass is a great opener for a concert. It uses snippets from various Christmas songs that everyone will recognize. Learn More

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  12. Coexistence

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Clarinet, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    Dramatic tension permeates this work as the solitary clarinet is pitted against the potentially explosive and overpowering might of the percussion ensemble.The state of fragile coexistence between the clarinetist and the percussionists at times requires the conductor to function as a “referee” in order to preserve the dynamic balance. The most theatrical example of this occurs about midway through the composition. At this point the music builds to a deafening, chaotic fury during which the clarinetist has no chance of being heard. The director restores order by “disciplining” the percussionists with a piercing blast on a police whistle. In contrast, Coexistence contains sections of relatively low intensity with delicate coloristic shadings and intricate ensemble coordination. Timbral modulations figure prominently throughout the work. Percussion distribution: Percussion 1: Xylophone, chimes (tubular bells), orchestra bells, 4 tom toms, sizzle cymbal, tam-tam, triangle and wind chimes; Percussion 2: Vibraphone, celesta (muted orchestra bells may by substituted), triangle, tambourine, temple blocks, maracas, and snare drum; Percussion 3: 2 suspended cymbals, triangle, cow bell, snare drum, bass drum, and tam tam; Percussion 4: Marimba, timpani (1), cow bell, large tam-tam (which may be shared with players 1 and 3), ratchet, whip, hi-hat, and wind chimes.“An exquisite concert piece that will keep listeners on the edges of their seats! “ - The Clarinet.”This is recommended literature.”- Percussive Notes Learn More

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  13. Concerto

    Composer: Peacock, Curtis
    Instrumentation: Solo and Chamber group Instruments: Bass, Percussion, Piano, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    reduction with Rhythm section (recording is with wind ensemble)

    The Concerto for tuba and winds is in my usual Third-Stream style, but I utilized
    many new techniques for the first time in this piece. Jazz, rock, hip-hop and many kinds
    of classical styles come together in the Concerto. Polymeter, improvisation and intuitive
    swing notation play important roles in this piece as well as traditional four-part
    counterpoint and ancient Greek form. It is simply titled Concerto in a classical fashion
    but each movement has a more descriptive title.
    I. Swing Low
    II. Adagio
    III. Cutting Contest

    I utilized a customized variation on the classical concerto form: a sonata-allegro
    first movement, a slow second movement and a theme and variations finale.
    Philosophically, this piece explores the traditional nature of a concerto from several
    different angles. The first movement explores the cooperative side of a concerto. One
    Latin root of the word concerto is conserere, which means to join. The soloist and wind
    ensemble cooperate to produce many layers of polymeter in Swing Low. The Latin root
    certamen, on the other hand, means to fight. So while the first movement is a
    cooperative effort, the third movement, Cutting Contest, explores the idea of a musical
    battle between the solo tuba and the wind ensemble on a familiar tune.

    On March 6th, 2012, the Concerto was premiered in Seattle. Erin Bodnar led the
    University of Washington Wind Ensemble with myself soloing. The Central Washington
    University Wind Ensemble then recorded it with Dean Snavely conducting.

    This reduction of Concerto features two different versions of the third movement
    to allow for players to navigate the virtuosic fingering acrobatics on an E-Flat or F tuba.
    The solo lines at letter E were inspired by Arban’s Carnival of Venice.

    Curtis Peacock
    January 26, 2014

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  14. Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Marimba, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    "Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble" by Howard J. Buss was composed in 2017 and is dedicated to Robert McCormick. The percussion ensemble uses 4 players. This work is comprised of 3 continuous, unnamed movements that follow a haunting and somewhat mysterious introduction. References to the opening phrases of the introduction are made throughout the composition. The first movement is in two main parts: The first resembles a chain of joyous episodes, each flowing into the next as the musical narrative unfolds. This gives way to a series of passages that become increasingly developmental. Obvious references to the introduction are interspersed with elements of the first section as well as new material. The second movement is in a lively 6/8. It is in ternary form features a substantial marimba cadenza in the central section. The finale movement revives the joyful character of the first and includes a short intense passage influenced by jazz before building to a rousing finish. (15’) Grade V. Learn More

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  15. Constellations

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble Instruments: Flute, Percussion, Piano
    Genre: Contemporary
    CONSTELLATIONS for flute, piano, and percussion (1 or 2 players) by Howard J. Buss is part of a series of compositions by the composer inspired by the awesome grandeur and beauty of the cosmos. The forward thrust, narrative quality, and colorful ambience of the music suggest the musicians are on a wondrous journey exploring a series of varied and colorful star systems. The juxtaposition between agitated chromatic passages and tonal, focused sections is analogous to the experience of viewing up-close, seemingly chaotic space "debris" (dust, rocks, gas, etc.) as contrasted with the beauty and exquisite organization of star systems viewed from afar. Learn More

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  16. Cortege

    Composer: Langer, Ken
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Percussion, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
    Tuba and Percussion Learn More

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  17. Crossroads

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble Instruments: Percussion, Trombone
    Genre: Contemporary
    4 Trombones and 8 Percussion: 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. "Somewhat contemporary sounding, with jazz and Latin influences, one's interest is held for the entirety. The two instrument families are well integrated throughout. Some sections are extremely lyrical in the percussion ensemble and rhythmic in the trombones, vice versa in others. This compositional technique allows for great clarity throughout the work. An enjoyable work for the performers and audience." -Susan Martin Tariq, Percussive Notes Magazine. 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 under the direction of Robert McCormick. Learn More

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  18. Currents

    Composer: Buss, Howard J. Arranger: Simmons, Jamey
    Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    CURRENTS for 4 percussion is divided into 4 main sections and explores various perspectives of the principles of timbral and metric modulation. Timbral and metric “currents” in the music interact and blend in a manner analogous to currents in physical mediums. In addition, there is an element of implied theater. As the work begins, 3 percussionists are conducted in the traditional manner by the 4th. Next to the conductor, clearly visible in front of the main percussion battery, is a wooden board bridging two saw horses and a carpenter’s hand saw. These sit idly through much of the work, long enough to arouse curiosity in the audience as to the role of these prominently displayed construction objects. About midway through the composition the conductor lifts the saw overhead and strikes it. This serves as a cutoff gesture and also establishes that the saw is an “extension” of the conductor’s baton. The saw remains idle until the beginning of the fourth division of the work. During the final section it is used simultaneously as a “baton” and a percussion instrument by the director, who saws through wood, scrapes the saw’s teeth, slaps it on the board, strikes it with a mallet, and waves it in the air. At the very end of the work the conductor sets down the saw and walks behind the players to play the tam-tam. In doing so, he continues to direct the ensemble through the explosive conclusion. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: 2 anvils (metal pipes may be substituted), 2 cow bells, snare drum, 2 suspended cymbals, tambourine, timpani (1), xylophone & wind chimes; Perc. 2: hi-hat, maracas, 2 suspended cymbals, triangle, large tam-tam, 4 tom toms, and vibraphone; Perc. 3: Bass drum, guiro, marimba, 2 suspended cymbals, temple blocks & triangle; Perc. 4 (conductor): Carpenter’s saw, a 2x2” wooden board & 2 saw horses. “A memorable combination of percussive artistry and theatrical class “ - The Washington Post. Learn More

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  19. Dichotomic Diversion

    Composer: Molineux, Allen
    Instrumentation: Solo and Percussion Instruments: Percussion, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary
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  20. Divertissements

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Clarinet, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    Clarinet and Percussion: "Divertissements" for Bb clarinet and percussion by Howard J. Buss was composed in the autumn of 2016 for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy. This colorful composition is designed so that either one or two percussionists can perform it. The 3 movements take listeners through a wide range of emotions and sonic atmospheres. Lyrical sections that are playfully juxtaposed with forceful passages characterize the first movement, "Temporal Intrigues." The hauntingly beautiful second movement, "Mystic Eyes," has a dreamy, meditative quality. "Fusional Escapades" is energetic and, with the exception of the clarinet cadenza, the performers are equal partners. The sometimes-playful character of the music is reminiscent to that which occurs in the first movement. Learn More
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