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Howard J. Buss   
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2012

Howard Buss

NEWS

Three Euphonics for solo euphonium was been named the first place winner of the 2011 Lieksa Brass Week’s International Composition Competition.  In addition to receiving a $1,000 prize, the winning work was used as required music for the Lieksa International Euphonium Competition, July 2011 in Lieksa, Finland. Howard J. Buss received a 2011 AscaPlus Award in recognition of significant performances of his music in noncommercial venues.

PREMIERES

Zoom for bass trombone and harp, Brandt Attema, bass trombone, Astrid Haring, harp May 2011 in KHL Koffiehaus in Amsterdam, Holland, May 2011; also, 2011 International Trombone Festival, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, June 2011.  Inner Quest, Elena Cecconi, flute, Paola Devoti, harp, Tampa Lirica and Tetracordo - Viaggi Festival Concert Series, Salle delle Muse, Piacenza, Italy, May 2011. Dragon Flight, Elena Cecconi, flute, Federico Brunello, piano, Sala della Filarmonica Amici dell’Opera Eustachio Garofalo Opera and Concert Series in Trento, Italy, May 2011.

PERFORMANCES

American Phoenix, William Rose, bass trombone, McNeese State University Percussion Ensemble Lonny Benoit, director, Sept. 2011 memorial concert, St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church, Lake Charles, LA.  Stellar Visions, The McCormick Duo: Kim McCormick, flute, Robert McCormick, marimba, National Flute Association Convention, Charlotte, NC, Convention Center, Aug. 2011. De La Madera, Margaret Marco, oboe, Ji Hye Jung, marimba, Annual Conference of the International Double Reed Society, Galvin Playhouse, Arizona State University, Tempe, May 2011. Capriccio for clarinet, trombone and percussion, members of the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Kyoto, Japan, May 2011.  Four Miniatures, Arnold Irchai and Tama Kott, bassoons, Conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI), University of Florida, Gainesville, Feb. 2011.

PUBLICATIONS

All Brixton Publications (ASCAP), brixtonpublications.com. Three Euphonics for solo euphonium. Four Miniatures, version for 2 French horns; also version for clarinet and bass clarinet. Zoom for bass trombone and harp. Levi’s Dream, version for clarinet quartet, also version for trombone quartet; also version for bassoon quartet. Dragon Flight for flute and piano (re-edited version). Awakening, version for solo harp.

RECORDINGS

Stellar Visions for flute and marimba, McCormick Duo: Kim McCormick, flute and Robert McCormick, percussion, Ravello Records (PARMA) CD McDuo Works for Flute and Percussion. Four Miniatures, Arnold Irchai and Tama Kott, bassoons, Soundview Multimedia CD Duettino, available from Arnold Irchai at irchai@ufl.edu. Dragon Flight, Elena Cecconi, flute and Federico Brunello, piano, CD Flute and Piano, La Bottega Discantica (Milan, Italy) BDI 237.
 


 

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During 2010 Howard Buss received an ASCAPlus Award for significant performances of his music in noncommercial media. His compositions have been recorded on the Bottega Discantica (Italy), Crystal, Capstone, DUX (Poland), Equilibrium, HoneyRock, PL Productions, and C. Alan Publications labels.

PREMIERES

Showdown by the University of Texas-Austin Trombone Choir directed by Nathaniel Brickens at the International Trombone Festival on 7/5/10.  Four Minatures for two bassoons by Arnold Irchai and Tama Kott at Southwest Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO on 3/9/10.  Cosmic Portraits for flute, clarinet, alto sax and tenor sax by Shelley Binder, flute, Gary Sperl, clarinet, Nathan Keedy, alto sax, and Mark Tucker, tenor sax at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN on 2/28/10.  Venetian Memoirs for solo flute by Elena Cecconi at the the Florida Flute Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando, FL on 1/30/10.

PERFORMANCES

Chutzpah! for piccolo and piano by Danielle Plocar and Ina Selvelieva in Morphy Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI on 10/2/10.  Prelude and Intrada for flute choir by the Session Choir conducted by Ellen Burr during the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, CA on 8/13/10.  Spanish Memoirs for trumpet and percussion ensemble by the Texas Tech University Percussion Ensemble with Trumpet Artist, Will Strieder, conducted by Lisa Rogers at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing, China on 8/2  and 8/4/10.  Hurricane! for solo flute by Elena Cecconi in Gabbiana – Castellucchio – Mantova, Italy on 11/2/09.  Trombone Concerto for trombone and piano by Zach Stowe, trombone, and Rachel Carlson, piano, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO on 4/13/10.

PUBLICATIONS

Showdown for 10-part trombone choir; Turbulent Times for flute, oboe and bassoon; Venetian Memoirs for solo flute; Brom Bones for 10-part brass choir; Four Minatures, version for two bassoons; Four Minatures, version for trombone and bass trombone (or tuba); Diversions for flute and trombone; Cosmic Portraits, version for flute, clarinet, alto sax and tenor sax; Cosmic Portraits, version for woodwind quartet; Fuga VII (WTC-II) by J.S. Bach transcribed for double reed quartet or ensemble.  All are published by Brixton Publications.

 


 

2010

NEWS


The composer’s catalogue of more than 130 published works includes instrumental and vocal solos, symphonic, choral, and band compositions, and chamber music. They have been performed by faculty artists at major universities as well as by players from prestigious organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Washington DC-based military bands. His commissioned works include numerous original compositions as well as arrangements. During 2009, Buss received an ASCAPlus Award for significant performances of his music in noncommercial media. His compositions have been recorded on the Bottega Discantica (Italy), Crystal, Capstone, DUX (Poland), Equilibrium, HoneyRock, PL Productions, and C. Alan Publications labels. He is founder and editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Howard J. Buss Publications (BMI), which publish accessible contemporary American music as well as arrangements of works dating from the 16th-19th centuries.

PREMIERES

Dragon Flight for flute and piano was premiered by flutist Marianne Gedigian and pianist Colette Valentine on February 28, 2009, during the Atlanta Flute Fair hosted by Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkson. Energico! for flute ensemble was introduced August 13 by the Long Island (NY) Flute Club’s Professional Choir at the National Flute Convention in New York, NY; Chutzpah! for piccolo and piano also received a performance from John Bailey and Dan Velicer at the convention, while flutist Brian Luce and harpist Carrol McLaughlin performed Seaside Reflections.

PERFORMANCES

Night Tide for trombone and marimba was presented by Aubrey Kelly and Kevin Grady April 13, 2009, at the University of Victoria in Canada; it was performed again by Johanna Pschorr and Sebastian Wielandt on April 26, 2009, in Kundenhalle der Sparda-Bank am Hauptbahnhof in Stuttgart, Germany. Alpine Spring for flute and harp was performed by Elena Ceconni and Paola Davoti on May 9 in Cernusco sul Naviglio in Milan, Italy, and again on June 27 in the San Colombana Abate Church, Riva di Suzzara in Mantova, Italy; while Spanish Memoirs for trumpet and percussion ensemble was presented July 7 by Ryan Nielsen and the RixStix Percussion Group on the BYU-Idaho campus. Trombone Concerto for trombone and wind ensemble was heard in a September 29 performance by Carl Lenthe and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble led by Stephen Pratt, Bloomington, IN. A Day in the City for solo trombone was performed by Elizabeth Cadigan on October 9 at the University of Nevada-Reno. The World Within for clarinet and cello was presented October 25 by CUBE at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL.

PUBLICATIONS

The Heavens Awaken for bassoon and string quartet; Dragon Flight for flute and piano; Three Jazzicals for trumpet and tuba, for clarinet and tuba, and for soprano saxophone and tuba; Energico! for mixed flute ensemble; Prelude and Intrada for four French horns, for four flutes or ensemble, and for woodwind quartet; Canzona (Maschera), arranged for French horn quartet; all by Brixton Publications.

RECORDINGS

Flauto e arpa, includes Alpine Spring; flutist Elena Cecconi and harpist Paola Devoti; Bottega Discantica (Italy) BDI 188. Flauto solo, includes Hurricane!; flutist Cecconi; Bottega Discantica (Italy) BDI 187. B, includes Fantasie for flute and piano; Agata Igras-Sawicka and Mariusz Rutkowski; DUX (Poland) 0658.


 

2009

During 2008 Buss received an ASCAPlus Award for significant performances of his music in noncommercial media. His more than 130 published compositions have been performed in more than 50 countries. He is the founder and editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Buss Publications (BMI). An online catalog is available from www.brixtonpublications.com or free printed catalog of sheet music/CDs may be requested from Brixton Publications, 4311 Braemar Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813, phone/fax (863) 646-0961, e-mail hbuss@brixtonpublications.com

PREMIERES

Chutzpah! for piccolo and piano was first heard January 23, 2008, in a performance by John Bailey and Robert Fountain, University of Nebraska at Omaha; subsequent performances of the work took place February 2, Bailey and Linda Mark, Florida Flute Association Convention, Altamonte Springs Hilton; February 7, Bailey and Fountain, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and February 17, Bailey and Carolyn Bridger, Florida State University in Tallahassee. Keith Koons, Jeff Moore, and Kirk Gay presented There Is A Season for clarinet and two percussion April 15, as part of the Florida Day of Percussion hosted by Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL. Flutist Elena Cecconi and harpist Paola Devoti introduced Alpine Spring May 10, Sala del Ridotto del Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, Italy; the duo performed the work again on November 9 at Chiesa di San Leonardo Church, Casalmaggiore in Cremona, Italy. Seaside Reflections for flute and harp was first performed June 15 by Brian Luce and Carrol McLaughlin, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ. The Heavens Awaken for bassoon and string quartet was introduced by bassoonist Arnold Irchai January 18, 2009, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

PERFORMANCES

Hurricane! for solo flute was performed by Elena Cecconi November 11, 2007, at the Chiesa di San Leonardo, Casalmaggiore in Cremona, Italy; October 25,  Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; December 22 in the Auditorium Santa Teleucania,  Morro d’Alba (Ancona) Italy; April 18, 2008, in the Auditorium Music University “G.P. da Palestrina,” Cagliari, Italy; and August 8 at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, MO, as part of the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention. Skylines was performed by trumpeter Eric Berlin and pianist Elvia Puccinelli January 17, 2008, University of North Texas in Denton; February 1, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and February 4, Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park Campus. Loralee Slough and Jesse Lee presented Night Tide for trombone and marimba in a January 24 performance at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The Bowling Green (OH) State University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Charles Saenz, performed Festive Overture March 20.  Atmospheres for trumpet and percussion was presented by Ellen Schaub and Danielle Briseno April 12, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces and April 26 in St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Las Cruces.

PUBLICATIONS

There is a Season, clarinet and 2 percussion; Chutzpah!, piccolo and piano; Alpine Spring and Seaside Reflections, both for flute and harp; Seaside Reflections, oboe and harp; Prelude and Intrada, clarinet quartet or ensemble; Canzona by Florentio Maschera, arranged for clarinet quartet or ensemble; all by Brixton Publications.

RECORDINGS

Atmospheres, Don Parker and Sheryl Linch-Parker; includes Atmospheres for trumpet and percussion; PL Productions DT002. Information about the CD is on the Brixton Publications website.

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