Music for two percussionists with one other instrument by Howard J. Buss

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Two percussion with one other instrument  (Works are in alphabetical order, durations in parenthesis,)

Divertissements_coverDIVERTISSEMENTS for Bb clarinet and percussion by Howard was composed in 2016 for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy. It may be performed by one or two percussionists. 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 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.
(12’40”) Grade V.- YouTube

Percussion Notes.pdf; Score Samples: Movement 1.pdf, Movement 2.pdf, Movement 3.pdf

Clarinet Part Samples: Movement 1.pdf, Movement 2.pdf, Movement 3.pdf

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

Movement 2: Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

Movement 3: Excerpt 5.mp3, Excerpt 6.mp3

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THERE IS A SEASON (2008) for Bb clarinet and 2 percussion.  The titles of the 2 movements, A Time of War, and A Time of Peace, as well as that of the larger work are derived from Ecclesiastes 3 in the Old Testament of the Bible. This work was written during the Second Iraq War.The first movement is tense and has militaristic character with dramatic proclamations culminating in an exciting solo passage for the percussion. The second begins with an atmosphere of apprehension that gives way to a spirited dance-like section. Eventually the disposition becomes reflective, but during the clarinet cadenza the mood brightens and returns to the animated and joyous mood exhibited earlier in the movement. (13’30”) Grade V.
Score samples: Percussion setup.pdf; Movement 1.pdf ; Movement 2.pdf

Sound samples: Movement1A.mp3; Movement 1B.mp3; Movement 2.mp3

Video on YouTube

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Ventures by Howard J. BussVENTURES for euphonium and percussion (1 or 2 players) was written during 2014 and is dedicated to Patrick Nyren. Cast in three movements, Boldly, Introspective, and Go!, this work demonstrates the incredible expressive range and technical capabilities of the instruments. The percussion instrument setup is designed so that it can be performed by one or two players. Ventures received its premiere performance in 2014 by Patrick Nyren, euphonium, and percussionists Daniel Lyons and Kenny Goss at New Mexico State University.
(14'45") Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Movement 1 A.mp3; Movement 1 B.mp3;

Movement 2 A.mp3; Movement 2_B.mp3;

Movement 3_A
.mp3; Movement 3_B.mp3

YouTube videos: Ventures: I. BoldlyVentures: II. Introspective, and Ventures: III Go!

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