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  1. A Day in the City

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Marimba, Xylophone
    Genre: Contemporary
    These colorful unaccompanied musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces.The 7 short movements depict the composer's experiences during a visit to New York City. The movements are Another Sunrise, Off to a Busy Day, The Lost Key Episode, The Waitin' in Line Blues, Romantic Interlude, Sudden Storm, and Out on the Town. "Tonal, charming and imaginative! The low purchase price and the incisive approach of a skilled composer make this a piece worth seeking out.”- PMEA News Learn More

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  2. Boom Time

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Percussion, Trombone
    Genre: Contemporary
    An evocative, entertaining work in which both performers recite the text during performance. Cast in 4 movements: Boomers!, Thoughts of Grey, Trombone Magic, and Wild Nights, it addresses humankind’s relationship to technology in the modern world. The instrumentation includes tomtoms, cymbals, wood block, wind chimes, tam-tam, bell tree, triangle, bass drum, tambourine, hi-hat, whip, vibraslap, bells and vibraphone. Commissioned by and premiered at the 1998 International Trombone Festival. Learn More

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Fantasy Quartet

    Composer: Jordan, Scott
    Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Marimba
    Genre: Contemporary
    3 movements: Pixie Dance, Magic Forest, and Sprites. The first movement is a spirited, playful forest scene which employs contrasting metric feels simultaneously The Second evokes a mysterious nocturnal ambience with an overlapping of ethereal long tones and echoes. The third is quick and dance-like. Utilizing a 4-note scale, its colorful, rhythmic melodies are juggled among the 4 instruments Learn More

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  6. Impromptu

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Clarinet, Marimba, Soprano Sax
    Genre: Contemporary
    Can be performed by Clarinet or Soprano Saxophone with Marimba: This engaging work is characterized by driving rhythms and ornate melodic lines. The opening motives in both parts undergo almost continuous development throughout the work, often giving the music a spontaneous, improvisatory feel. At times the music has a playful, almost frolicking quality. At other times mysterious and introspective passages contrast with aggressive, intense sections to create an atmosphere of moodiness. The lyrical melodies and interesting timbral contrasts between the instruments, combine with the tonal scheme of the music to make a sophisticated, yet audience-friendly, concert work. Two-mallet technique is prominent in the marimba part during the more intricate solo passages and there is some use of 3 and 4 mallets in those sections where chordal writing occurs. “A very accessible and enjoyable work.” - Percussive Notes. Learn More

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  7. Incantation

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Percussion, Trumpet
    Genre: Contemporary
    Incantation evokes the mystery and enchantment of the sorcerer's ritual. Tightly structured sections contrast with free-form passages in a manner analogous to the interaction of order and mysticism in an incantation. Printed in the preface to the score is the poem "Incantation" (see below) by the composer which may be narrated before the performance and/or used as written program notes. The instrumentation includes vibraphone, two suspended cymbals, tam-tam, bell tree, wind chimes, cowbell, hi-hat, and tambourine. “The audience was mesmerized as the two wizards cast their unforgettable musical spell.” - The Chicago Tribune. (8’) Grade V. Recorded on the CD "Double Take" by Sheryl Linch and Don. N. Parker, percussion. It has also been recorded on the Equilibrium CD EQ58 "Old News" by Stephen Dunn, trumpet and John Pennington, percussion; and on the CD "Spanish Memoirs" by Diego Arias and Yu-Jung Chung. Learn More

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  8. Kaleidoscope

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Flute, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    This colorful “theme” and variations was written for the McCormick Duo. The theme is a rhythmic pattern which is varied in a manner similar to the transformation of images as seen through a kaleidoscope. Both performers have an equally important role in presenting themusical material. The percussion includes marimba, bells, 2 suspended cymbals, temple blocks, bell tree, and tambourine. Learn More

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  9. Materials

    Composer: Pardus, William
    Instrumentation: Ensemble Instruments: Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    Quartet; An original work in four contrasting movements - with the first three sections utilizing only instruments of WOOD, METAL or HEADS, respectively – and the fourth movement using “THE WORKS”- Instruments from all of the previous movements. Of medium to advanced difficulty. (2004) Learn More

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  10. Overture for Percussion

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    This colorful, vibrant percussion quartet was composed for Juan Ponsoda and the OSA Quartet de Percussio’ of Spain. It is an exciting romp through vigorous, yet intricate passages. Each percussionist performs on several different instruments and all have significant solo passages. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Xylophone, 2 suspended cymbals and bongos; Perc. 2: Vibraphone, tambourine and tom toms (5); Perc. 3: Marimba, chimes (tubular bells), 2 suspended cymbals, tam-tam and temple blocks; Perc. 4: Marimba, timpani (3) and 2 suspended cymbals. This is a great concert opener. “A traditionally oriented quartet with a lively Polynesian/Oriental flavor, its contrapuntal melodies overlap and dovetail beautifully, as gracious cymbal swells connect each phrase and change of instrument.”- Percussive Notes. recorded on the CD "Howard J. Buss: Modern Times" (Capstone records) Learn More

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  11. Rite of Passage

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Marimba
    Genre: Contemporary
    This “tour de force” features technically impressive passages of driving intensity with a haunting, mystical central section. Written for and premiered by Robert McCormick. “A challenging solo that is worth consideration for the advanced recital program. - Percussive Notes. Recorded on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Yu-Jung Chung. On the Maryland Contest List Level 5. Learn More

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  12. Scenes from the Holy Land

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Flute, Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    Flute and Percussion: "Commissioned for the McCormick Duo and the 30th Anniversary of the National Flute Association. Percussion instruments (one player) include: Marimba, suspended cymbal, tambourine, bongos, wood block, wind chimes, and agogo bells. “The opening section, ‘Masada’ presents angular solos against percussion accents, with ascending legato passages for the flute. The music turns more florid and Middle-Eastern in style before a peaceful coda. ‘Storm on Mount Sinai’ offers sharply rhythmic music accented with tambourine and a more febrile bazaar-like flute writing. ‘The Flock by the Sea of Galilee’ contains an oddly memorable five-note percussion motif under a lovely bucolic flute theme. ‘The Road to Jerusalem’ makes a haunting finale with elaborate passages against pulsating percussion. Scenes from the Holy Land is an effective and colorful work with deftly varied music and tackled by the musicians with skill and understated virtuosity Buss’ intimate style requires. It makes its effects with point and economy and would be a boon to flute and percussion duos searching for program material.” - The Gramophone, April 2005. Recorded on the Capstone Records ""Howard J. Buss: Modern Times""" Learn More

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  13. Sci-Fi Percussives

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Ensemble Instruments: Percussion
    Genre: Contemporary
    "SCI-FI PERCUSSIVES for 12 percussion is a riveting fantasy in 3 movements: ""Prelude to Contact"", ""Alien Probes"" & ""Aggressions"". The composer states, “I have always been fascinated by the human ability to disregard the tangible in order to embrace the intangible. Whether the intangibility involves the belief in a Deity, the enthusiastic acceptance of a conspiracy theory, or being engrossed in a movie about something as implausible as a Martian invasion, a leap of faith is required to enter the magical realm of the imagination.” - Howard J. Buss Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Orchestra bells, conga drum & 2 suspended cymbals; Perc. 2: Xylophone & wood block; Perc. 3: Marimba; Perc. 4: bongos, 2 suspended cymbals, slapstick, air raid siren; Perc. 5: Vibraphone; Perc. 6: Marimba; Perc. 7: Timpani (4), cowbell & crotales (one octave); Perc. 8: Roto toms, tam-tam, lion roar, bass drum, maracas, 2 suspended cymbals, triangle, bell tree, snare drum & hi-hat; Perc. 9: Orchestra bells, tubular bells (chimes), sleigh bells, guiro, temple blocks & maracas, Perc. 10: xylophone & snare drum; Perc. 11: Marimba; Perc. 12: Bongos, 2 suspended cymbals & ratchet. On stage the percussionists are arranged into 3 quartets. Each group consists of a set of pitched and non-pitched instruments. For the most part, the positioning of the players is for the sake of balance; however, there are sections in the music where the parts are choreographed for special sonic and visual effects.This music appeals to all types of audiences: the music is sophisticated , yet because of its programmatic nature and the dazzling and powerful musical imagery, it will speak to anyone who still has a pulse! If you are looking for a large-scale ensemble work (comprised approximately of 75% keyboard percussion) with some parts which will challenge your best players, and other parts that will accommodate your Freshmen - this is it! " Learn More

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  14. Sylvan Magic

    Composer: Buss, Howard J.
    Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble Instruments: Clarinet, Vibraphone
    Genre: Contemporary
    "Sylvan Magic" for clarinet and vibraphone by Howard J. Buss was written in the autumn of 2016 and is dedicated to clarinetist Barry McGinnis. He and vibraphonist John Roberts premiered it on March 28, 2017 at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. The three movements, "Seasonal Transformations," "Musing," and "Bustle," were inspired by the change of the seasons in the beautiful Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. The durations of the individual movements are 4’27”, 3’43”, and 3’34” respectively. Learn More

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  15. Take Time

    Composer: Vogel, Roger C.
    Instrumentation: Mixed Ensemble Instruments: Marimba, Voice
    Genre: Contemporary
    TAKE TIME "Wisdom Woven into Five Lines" for medium voice and marimba by Roger C. Vogel. Wise thoughts may be expressed in short statements. Sister Maria Virginia Silvano, IHM has written a number of such thoughts in poems of 5 lines called “Cinquains.” Take Time consists of 5 songs: Take Time, Open Your Heart, Toot Not Your Horn Too Much, Cancelled Because of Snow, and Flowers. They may be sung individually or in small groups. A 4.5 octave marimba is perferred for this composition. Optional notes have been provided for performance on a 4.3 instrument.  Learn More

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  16. Taking Flight

    Composer: Vogel, Roger C.
    Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Vibraphone
    Genre: Contemporary
    TAKING FLIGHT for solo vibraphone by Roger C. Vogel is a musical journey, one that begins slowly and gradually develops momentum to take wing and soar in the imagination. The opening ideas are elaborated and developed throughout. The music was in part inspired by the quote, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”- Plato Learn More

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