Solo Trumpet Music by Howard J. Buss

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A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” (1986) for solo trumpet by Howard J. Buss. These colorful musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each movement depicts an occurrence which the composer experienced 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. Score samples: Excerpts.pdf

Music available from Cimarron Music Press



COMMEMORATION (1989) for solo trumpet by Howard J. Buss is a musical tribute to the countless musicians who have contributed to the art of trumpet playing over the centuries. It is a synthesis of traditional and new trumpet performance techniques. This combination of the old and new is a musical representation of the debt contemporary trumpeters owe to their counterparts in past generations. In sections the trumpet is performed in the traditional manner and there are a number of quotes from famous trumpet masterpieces of the past. At one point the performer is asked to sing (using the syllable "ah") a portion of the well known Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke while simultaneously sustaining a note on the instrument and using a plunger mute. The effect is mystical and becomes a musical synthesis of the past and present. Short quotes from the literature are embedded in this work as are messages expressed by pitch serialism and Morse code. The score includes performance directions and a helpful explanation of the coded (serial) sections. (6’30)  Grade VI.
Performance directions, program notes, and score excerpts: Score.pdf

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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


Howard J. Buss, Composer    

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Trumpet Music, graded catalog of sheet music.Product description: Trumpet solos, duos, ensembles, chamber music and recordings.