Trumpet Ensemble Music by Howard J. Buss

Compositions and Arrangements
Grading Scale:
I-II: Easy
III-IV: Intermediate
V-VI: Advanced
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Trumpet ensembles (in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis):

AVE VERUM CORPUS by Mozart transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet - 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone). A bass clef part is included for the 4th part in case a bass trumpet is not available. This rendition of one of Mozart’s most sublime works makes an outstanding feature number for a recital as well as a musical offering in church. (3’30”) Grade III. Score sample: Excerpt.pdf
Sound samples: Excerpt 1 (the opening).mp3, Excerpt 2 (the ending).mp3

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Blazons Five CoverBLAZONS FIVE (2016) for 5-part trumpet ensemble by Howard J. Buss This spirited composition makes a rousing concert feature, a festive work for a special event, or an impressive contest piece. It is scored for 5 Bb trumpets with player 1 doubling on a Bb piccolo. (745) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

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CANZONA by Florentio Maschera (1540-1584) transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet : 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone). A bass clef part is included for the 4th part in case a bass trumpet is not available. An optional Eb part is included as a substitute for part 1.This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style.
(2'30") Grade III. Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score Sample.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 trumpet quartet - 3 Bb & one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone) by Howard Buss, makes a memorable concert feature as well as a rousing musical offering in church. Multiple players may be used on each part. The introduction begins hymn-like, then breaks out in a jubilant jazzy section. This is followed by a more traditional rendering of the spiritual; however, 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.
Score Sample.pdf   Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3

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FESTIVE OVERTURE (2003) for 8-part Bb trumpet ensemble by Howard Buss. Joyous and energetic sections contrasting with subdued, and at times, mystical passages. Much color interest is added by the use of mutes, as well as by player 1 doubling on piccolo trumpet and player 6 doubling on Flügelhorn. Commissioned for Jay Coble and the 2004 ITG Conference. (6’30”) Grade V.
Score Sample.pdf - Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3

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PRELUDE AND INTRADA (2006) for four Bb trumpets by Howard Buss features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude is a combination of fanfare and lyrical sections as well as tonal and polytonal harmonies. Intrada is in an ABA-Coda format and features crisp, energetic rhythms and lyrical contrapuntal writing. Multiple players may be used on the parts. (5’15”) Grade V.
Transposed score sample.pdf; Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3

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RENDEZVOUS for four B-flat trumpets & one percussion by Howard J. Buss was commissioned for and premiered at the 1994 International Trumpet Guild Conference. It opens with a stirring fugue (the percussionist performs the subject on the xylophone). Following the opening section are an intriguing series of passages featuring contrapuntal writing and the use of ostinati. The work culminates in an intense and exciting finale. Rhythmically and harmonically, the music is influenced by jazz. Percussion: suspended cymbals, temple blocks, tam tam, tomtoms, and finger cymbals. The percussion writing employs primarily 2 mallet technique with some use of 4 mallets on the xylophone in a passage of repeated eighth note chords. Rendezvous was first performed during the 1994 I.T.G. Conference by percussionist David Collier and trumpeters James Ketch, Charles Gates, Roy C. Griffen and Craig Hurst.
(8’) Grade V.  Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

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RICERCARE ON C by Andrea Gabriel (1510-1586) transcribed by Howard Buss for trumpet quartet : 4 Bb, or 3 Bb and one Bb bass (or baritone or trombone.) A bass clef part is included for the 4th part if a bass trumpet is not available. This late Renaissance work is written in a stirring imitative style. Particularly interesting are the meter changes involving metric modulations, a trait found in much of the dance music of the day. (2’30”) Grade III.
-  Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf

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THE WALLS OF JERICHO (2003) for solo Bb trumpet & six-part Bb trumpet ensemble by Howard Buss was composed for Jay Coble and the University of South Florida Trumpet Ensemble. Inspired by the Biblical story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, the music is characterized by a juxtaposition of intense, energetic sections with subdued passages. A great deal of color interest is added by the sensitive use of mutes in the solo and ensemble parts, as well as by the players on parts one and four doubling ügelhorn. (8’45”) Grade V.
Sound Sample 1.mp3; Sound Sample 2.mp3 - Score Sample.pdf

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Trumpet Music Index:                                                                               
Click on an instrumentation link, works are listed in alphabetical order within each category.

Solo trumpet, unaccompanied

Trumpet with one other instrument, or voice, or electronic recording
(includes trumpet & piano)

Trumpet ensembles

Trumpet solo with percussion ensemble

Trumpet in chamber music
- trios

Trumpet in chamber music - quartets
(includes standard brass quartets)

Trumpet in chamber music - quintets and larger
(includes standard brass quintets)

Trumpet and orchestra


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