Unaccompanied Trombone Music by Howard J. Buss

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Solo Trombone/Euphonium - unaccompanied
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A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” (1986) by Howard J. Buss. These musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each vignette depicts an experience the composer had one day 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 (10’) Grade IV. - Video of euphonium performance: YouTube

version for solo trombone (or euphonium), Score Sample: Excerpts.pdf
Music available from Cimarron Music Press

version for solo bass trombone (or tuba)
Score Sample: Excerpts.pdf,

Sound Sample: Movement 4. mp3 -
Music available from Cimarron Music Press

CAMEL MUSIC for solo trombone by Howard J. Buss. The trombone is teated as a sound synthesizer as the performer is asked to produce a wide varierty of nontraditional timbres on the instrument (percussive and vocal sounds, multiphonics, etc.) The trombonist recites and narrates the text of an Aesop fable while at the same time accompanying himself/herself on the instrument. The words, which are often divided into single syllables, are frequently distorted when sung or spoken into the instrument. This adds to the myriad of tone colors being produced during the performance. In addition, Camel Music combines musical performance with some theatrical behavior by the performer. The music and acting depend on one another to create a special kind of experience. This work has received hundreds of performances over the years and has proven to be a hit with all types of audiences, including those comprised of children. Duration: 5’. Listen on YouTube    Available from Hickey's Music Center

Euphonic Rhapsodies coverEUPHONIC RHAPSODIES for solo euphonium by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements that showcase the capabilities of the instrument without using extended techniques or extreme range. It can be played on either a three or a four-valve euphonium. Although this composition is suitable for advanced high school and college-level players, professional performers will appreciate its incisiveness and musical sophistication. In the first and last movements references are made to the legendary performer and teacher, Leonard Falcone. In Homage to Leonard his name is expressed rhythmically in Morse code is employed in a lively, tuneful way. It is also used in the cadenza of the third movement, Go! The title of the beautiful second movement is Ballad.
(7’30”) Grade V. Score sample: Excerpts.pdf

Music available from Cimarron Music Press

on the Stroke of Midnight for solo trombone coverON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT for solo trombone (playable on bass trombone) by Howard J. Buss traverses a wide variety of atmospheres, from ranging from gentle, mysterious passages, to intense and powerful exclamations. This work was written for trombonist, Dr. Brian Brink. Throughout there is a sense of mysticism, as if an incantation is taking place around the arrival of midnight. Various extended techniques enhance the traditional trombone sound, such as plunger effects, simultaneous singing and playing, flutter tonguing, growling, etc. The composition may be performed as a traditional concert piece or as a theatre piece.
(4’45”) Grade VI. Score Sample: Excerpt.pdf

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THREE EUPHONICS (2011) for solo euphonium by Howard J. Buss was the first place winner of the 2011 Lieksa Brass Week's International Composition Competition. Ranging from lyric tenderness to powerful (and sometimes fiery) technical displays, the 3 short movements Moods, Lyrique, and Breakout, explore a wide range of sonic atmospheres and moods Three Euphonics is an audience-friendly concert work as well as an impressive contest piece.
(5'40") Grade V. YouTube video

Sound samples: Movement_1.mp3; Movement_2.mp3; Movement_3.m4a

Music available from Cimarron Music Press

Trombone and Euphonium Music Index (includes music for bass trombone)

(Click on an instrumentation link, works are listed in alphabetical order within each category.)
Solo Trombone or euphonium- unaccompanied

Trombone or euphonium & one other instrument

(various combinations, including works with piano & electronic recording)

Trombone or euphonium with percussion ensemble

Trombone or euphonium ensembles

Trombone or euphonium in chamber music - trios
(includes brass trios)

Trombones or euphoniums in chamber music - quartets
(includes standard brass quartets)

Trombone in chamber music - quintets, sextets, and brass choir
(includes standard brass quintets)

Trombone or euphonium and band

Howard J. Buss, Composer       

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Trombone Music (or euphonium): unaccompanied, catalog of sheet music.
Product description: Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trombone: Solos, Duos, Ensembles, Chamber Music and Recordings