Oboe and English Horn Music by Howard J. Buss

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Oboe/English horn music
(Click on an instrumentation link, works are listed in alphabetical order within each category.)

Oboe or English horn with one other instrument (includes oboe or English horn with piano)

Double Reed Ensembles

Oboe or English horn in chamber music (trios)

Oboe in chamber music - quartets (includes standard woodwind quartets)

Oboe in chamber music - quintets and larger (includes standard wind quintets)                                   


Solo oboe, unaccompanied  Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis.

A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” (1986) for solo oboe. These colorful musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each of the 7 movements depict an experience the composer had one day in during a visit to New York City. Another Sunrise, Off to a Busy Day, The Lost Key Episode, The Waitin' in Line Blues, Romantic Interlude, 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 (10’) Grade IV.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf

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Oboe or English horn with one other instrument
Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis.     (Top of Page)

DE LA MADERA (2006) for oboe and marimba.The Spanish title means “From the Wood” and refers not only to the material producing the tones, but also the alluring enchantment of the forest. This duo mixes soaring lyricism and exciting contrasts with spicy Latin rhythms.
(10’15”) Grade V-VI.
Score samples: Score sample 1.pdf ; Score sample 2.pdf

Sound samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3; Excerpt_3.mp3

Video on YouTube

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FELINITY for clarinet & English horn or for two clarinets. Both versions are included with the published set. Cast in 3 colorful movements: Alfie’s Dance, Behind the Cryptic Gaze, and Intrigues, this work is greatly influenced by the feline qualities of grace, sleekness, stealth and playfulness. It was commissioned by clarinetist, Karen Dannessa, and English hornist, Henry Grabb. (8’) Grade V.
Version for English horn and clarinet score samples (transposed score):
Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf ; Movement 3.pdf

Version for English horn & clarinet sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

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SEASIDE REFLECTIONS
(1993, revised 2018) captures the serenity of musing by the sea. In the preface to the score is printed the following free verse by the composer. It is suggested that the poem be narrated immediately before the performance and/or printed in the program notestoset themoodforthe music:: “On the shore of eternity swirling currents of liquid chaos gather for and disperse as foam. As rock wears to sand all dissonance transforms to serenity. Time presses no longer.” (7’) Grade IV.
Sound samples: Version for oboe & piano - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3

Version for oboe & harp - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3

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SKYLINES (2003) for English horn & piano. Cast in two movements, this work is a musical urban portrait. No specific city is depicted; rather, the composer captures, in a broad manner, the essence of the big city spectacle. The lyrical and majestic first movement, Panorama, suggests the expansive grandeur of cityscape. The second, Amid the Spires, is influenced by jazz and captures the dynamic energy of life on the busy streets.
(10’30”) Grade V.
Score samples (score in C): Movement 1.pdf ; Movement 2.pdf

Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2a.mp3; Movement 2b.mp3

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TIME CAPSULE (1996) for oboe & bassoon is a sonatina in 4 movements: The first, Daybreak, has a frolicking and optimistic character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer and its harmonies contain some spicy dissonances as well. Rendezvous, is in a lilting 6/8 and "works up a lather" as it progresses to an exciting climax. The final movement, Homeward Bound, begins with a fanfare-like passage that gives way to a spirited dance characterized by an intriguing interplay between the instruments.(7’) Grade IV-V.
 Score Samples: Movement_1.pdf; Movement_2.pdf; Movement_3.pdf; Movement_4.pdf

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Totally Tubular coverTOTALLY TUBULAR for oboe/English horn and trumpet/flügelhorn. Its 3 movements traverse a wide variety of sonic atmospheres and moods. The first, Initiations, is scored for oboe and muted trumpet. Waveful features the beautiful and enchanting combination of the English horn and flügelhorn. The performers shift back onto the oboe and trumpet for the stirring final movement, Emanations. The titles of the movements, as well as that of the larger work, refer to a number of uses of the expression ‘totally tubular.” Obviously, the instruments used in the piece are tubular. The expression is used in popular culture to indicate excitement, or that something is “rad“, cool”, or “punk.” Among surfers the expression has been used to describe particularly impressive breaking barrel waves.
(8’) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf  - Video on YouTube

Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

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WIND SONGS (2005) for flute/alto flute & oboe/English horn is in three movements: Zephyrs. Whispers Amid the Pines, and Harbinger of the Storm.
(8’15”) Grade V.
Score samples: Mvt. 1 “Zephyrs”.pdf, Mvt. 2 “Whispers Amid the Pines”.pdf

Score sample: Mvt. 3 “Harbinger of the Storm”.pdf

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Double Reed Ensembles


AMONG THE REEDS COVERAMONG THE REEDS for two oboes, English horn, two bassoons and contrabassoon. The title refers to scenes in a marshland near the composer’s home in Florida, as well as the instruments used to create the sonic portrait. The character of the music is bright, radiant, and at times conveys a sense of optimism, as if to suggest that the rustling reeds contain within them hints a propitious future. The scoring is colorful and inventive, yet does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. Among the Reeds was composed for the 2018 International Double Reed Society Conference. (6’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

Video on YouTube

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FUGA VII in Eb Major from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach (BWV 876), transcribed for double reed quartet (2 oboes, English horn & bassoon) or ensemble by Howard J. Buss was first published in 1744. Rather than intending to elicit a strong emotional response from listeners, this elegant music is designed to showcase the compositional craftsmanship and stimulate the intellect. An optional bassoon part is included to cover part 3 in case an English horn player is not available. (2'30") Grade III.
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3;  Score_Sample.pdf

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Oboe in chamber music (trios):
Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis.     (Top of Page)

CONTRASTS IN BLUE for oboe, bassoon & piano is in two movements: Evening Shadows and Summer Sea. The music is evocative of the imagery suggested by the titles of the movements and of the musical “blues” as well. The themes of shadows and water also suggest a kinship with the impressionist style of 100 years earlier.
(15’30”) Grade V. Score samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf

Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3

Movement 2 - Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3;

Video on YouTube

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TURBULENT TIMES for flute, oboe and bassoon was composed during the Fall of 2009, a time when The Great Recession held its powerful grip much of the world and uncertainty continued to build within American society.There was a general sense that the prosperity of the past may never return, and that the future may bring even more hardships. As the seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wore on, many did not expect peace to return in the foreseeable future. Yet, life went on. The music suggests the ebb and flow of the intense uncertainty felt by many with the more pleasant aspects of everyday life. Following the lyrical and plaintive introduction, stormy passages give way to sections of relative tranquility, only to reappear. (11’) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4 (the end).mp3 - Score Sample.pdf  

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TWO CAPRICES (2007) for flute, oboe & marimba is in two movements. Evocation moves from a mysterious opening to a beautiful extended section in a pensive mood. Romp features beautiful lyricism and spirited rhythms with a Latin flare. Two Caprices was composed for Drs. Amy Collins, oboe; Kim McCormick, flute; and Robert McCormick, marimba and was premiered by them at the 2007 International Double Reed Society Conference. (10'30") Grade V. YouTube video

Sound Samples: Movement 1, Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 - Movement 2, Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3

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VILLAGE SCENES (2004) for oboe, clarinet & bassoon was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of the village of Old Zionsville in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The three movements are Playground Games, The Church By the Spring, and The Arrival of Winter. (7’16”) Grade V.
Score samples (score in C): Movement 1.pdf ; Movement 2.pdf ; Movement 3.pdf

Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

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Oboe in chamber music (quartets):
Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis.      (Top of Page)


COSMIC PORTRAITS (2009) for woodwind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) consists of 3 movements inspired by views of objects in the Milky Way galaxy. The titles of the first 2 movements, The Backbone of Night and The Pale Blue Dot are taken from the writings of the renowned astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. In his book, Cosmos, he describes how the !Kung Bushman in Botswana refer to the Milky Way as “the backbone of night.” The spine of the Milky Way often appears directly over the Kalahari Desert. The !Kung believe it to be the structural foundation of the heavens and that one of its functions in relation to Earth, among many, is that it holds up the darkness.
In his book, The Pale Blue Dot, Sagan poetically describes a haunting view of Earth from a distant point in our galaxy. He puts our worldly concerns into cosmic perspective when he refers to all that has ever happened to human beings as occurring “on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” The final movement, Orbitals, suggests celestial bodies revolving around one another in a fascinating cosmic dance. Moons orbiting planets, planets around suns, suns around other suns culminate in the swirling wonder of our galaxy. (18’10”) Grade V. 
Score Samples: Movement_1.pdf; Movement_2.pdf; Movement_3.pdf

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DRY BONES, the well-known African American spiritual (the foot bone's connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to the...), arranged for woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, oboe & bassoon) by Howard Buss. Multiple players may be used on each part to expand the ensemble. The introduction begins hymn-like, then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual. As the music reaches its climax, the jazz "licks" from the introduction are brought back as counterpoint against the main melody of the spiritual. For a bit of humor, just as the work ends, there is a "tongue-in-cheek" plagal cadence. (2’30”) Grade IV.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3 Score_Sample.pdf

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FUGA VII in Eb Major from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach (BWV 876), transcribed for double reed quartet (2 oboes, English horn & bassoon) or ensemble by Howard J. Buss was first published in 1744. Rather than intending to elicit a strong emotional response from listeners, this elegant music is designed to showcase the compositional craftsmanship and stimulate the intellect. An optional bassoon part is included to cover part 3 in case an English horn player is not available. (2'30") Grade III.
Sound Sample: Excerpt.mp3;  Score_Sample.pdf

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PRELUDE AND INTRADA for woodwind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude combines 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. Multiple players may be used on each part. (5’30”)  Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3   - Score Sample: excerpt.pdf

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Oboe in chamber music (quintets & larger)
Works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis.   (Top of Page)

AMONG THE REEDS COVERAMONG THE REEDS for two oboes, English horn, two bassoons and contrabassoon.The title refers to scenes in a marshland near the composer’s home in Florida, as well as the instruments used to create the sonic portrait. The character of the music is bright, radiant, and at times conveys a sense of optimism, as if to suggest that the rustling reeds contain within them hints a propitious future. The scoring is does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. Among the Reeds was composed for the 2018 International Double Reed Society Conference. (6’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

Video on YouTube

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ECLIPSE for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, and three percussion was composed in 1974. There is a feeling of suspense throughout during this musical representation of a solar eclipse.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3     - Video on YouTube               

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FIVE STARS (2004) for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon). Each of the five movements features a different member of the ensemble: Into the Maelstrom features the flute, A Distant Glow (horn), Orbits (oboe), The Message from the Cosmic Sea (bassoon), and Dance of the Stars (clarinet). This music is sophisticated, yet audience-friendly. It is well suited for school outreach concerts. (17’10") Grade V.
Sound Excerpts: Mov.#1.mp3; Mov.#2.mp3; Mov.#3.mp3; Mov.#4.mp3; Mov.#5.mp3

Videos on YouTube: I. Into the Maelstrom, II. A Distant Glow, III. Orbits,

IV.The Message from the Cosmic Sea, V. Dance of the Stars  

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Skylines for woodwind sextet coverSKYLINES, version for woodwind sextet was originally composed for trumpet and piano during the Fall of 2002. This version for woodwind sextet was commissioned in 2019 by Victoria Ward Ltd. in memory of clarinetist David Marshall. It is scored for flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon (an additional bassoon part is provided as a substitute for the bass clarinet, part 5.) This is a musical urban portrait in 2 movements: No specific city is depicted; rather, the composer captures, in a broad manner, the essence of the big city spectacle. The lyrical and majestic first movement, Panorama, suggests the expansive grandeur of cityscape. The second, Amid the Spires, exudes the dynamic energy of life on the busy streets. Score and parts are included. (10’30”) Grade V.
Sound samples: 1.mp3, 2.mp3; 3.mp3; 4.mp3  - Score sample: Excerpt.pdf

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Oboe Music, graded catalog of sheet music.
Product description: Oboe and English horn: Solos, Duos, Ensembles, and Chamber Music.