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Clarinet & violin, or viola, or cello

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Clarinet & horn, or trombone, or tuba

Clarinet & percussion


Grading scale: I-II - Easy, III-IV - Intermediate; V-VI Advanced - Durations are in parenthesis.


Clarinet and electronic recording:

Alien Loop de Loops cover

ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for clarinet and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a playful fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the work. During the opening section the clarinetist plays unaccompanied, but then is joined by the recording, which contains sounds generated by traditional instruments as well as an "alien" voice, the spacecraft, and various electronic effects. Technically, the title refers to how the recording was made. It consists of numerous sound loops combined to form an imaginative sonic tapestry.
(6’47”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

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Clarinet and piano, Basset horn and piano:     (Top of Page)

Color'tudes coverNew! COLOR'TUDES “Five Attitudinal Colors” for bass clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss. Colors influence a wide array of aspects of the human condition, most notably moods and emotions as well as one’s sense of taste and time perception. Too numerous to mention here are the thousands of other ways colors influence our lives. This suite of 5 character pieces musically personifies attributes of the respective colors: Obsessive Crimson, Deep Purple, Flippant Yellow, Cobalt Aglow, and Funky Orange. Color'tudes was composed for bass clarinetist Dr. Karl Kolbeck. He and Dr. Angela Miller-Niles premiered it in April, 2021. YouTube Video
Total duration: 14’ Grade V-VI.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf   -  Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3;

Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3; Movement 5.mp3

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DIALOGUE (1981) for clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss is a sonata in 3 movements: Florida Bound begins with bold statements by both instruments followed by a rousing section with driving rhythms and soaring melodies. Forest Whispers, commences with an arabesque melody played on the clarinet with a background of lush, sustained chords on the piano. The mood becomes reflective and the pianist provides a soft, shimmering background for a gentle and beautiful melody played on the clarinet. Rendezvous is a jubilant rondo distinguished by flowing melodies supported by a lively accompaniment.
(13’30”) Grade IV-V. -  
Video on YouTube

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

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In Memoriam coverIN MEMORIAM for basset horn and piano by Howard J. Buss is a sonic tribute to the millions of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in time of war. It was written during the fall of 2005 at a time when the United States marked the 2000th death of a US soldier in Iraq during the Second Gulf War. The two movements reflect the sentiments of the poems In Flanders Fields by John McCrae and In Flanders Fields (An Answer) by C.B. Galbreath. Both of these poems were penned in response to “The War to End All Wars”, World War I, but their convictions are timeless, and certainly apply to the war in Iraq. In 2015 In Memoriam (originally for horn and piano) was adapted for basset horn by the composer in consultation with basset hornist, Dr. Keith Koons. (11’) Grade V.
Score samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf;

Solo part samples: Movement 1.pdf;Movement 2.pdf

Video on YouTube

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LEGACY OF ANCIENT SEAS for clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss was inspired by the dramatic desert landscapes of the American West and is in 4 movements: Pinnacles and Spires, The Ponderosa Forest, Flight of the Raven, and Salt Lake City Escapade. Commissioned for John Masserini and ClarinetFest 2003. (8’30”) Grade V.

Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3

Score scamples (score in C): Excerpts.mp3

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POSTCARDS FROM VIENNA for clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss was commissioned for and premiered at ClarinetFest 1998 by Kathleen Gardiner (Mulcahy). It is in 4 movements: Around the Ring, Hundertwasser House - In Transit, Tombs of Honor, and Street Scenes, and was inspired by Buss’1996 visit to Vienna. Around the Ring, captures the energy and excitement of traveling on the Ring, a major transportation artery that loops around the city center. The second movement is divided into 2 sections: Hundertwasser House is a tribute to the Viennese artist, Hundertwasser. The title refers specifically to the imaginative apartment house designed by this innovative artist. In Transit is reminiscent of a short hop on the Underground (subway). Tombs of Honor was inspired by the stately cemetery, Zentralfriedhof, where many great musicians from Vienna's glorious past are buried next to one another - Beethoven, Brahms, Johann Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Schubert, and the clarinetist Mühlfeld to name a few. Street Scenes, was inspired by happenings on the bustling Kärtnerstrasse, a pedestrian walkway frequented by street musicians. Included are references to themes by various Viennese composers. At times these excerpts are tossed about in a kaleidoscopic manner. On other occasions they serve as the basis for organic musical development, such as when a metrically altered theme from the first Brahms Clarinet Sonata becomes the subject of a fugue. Video on YouTube
 (13') Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound Samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2A.mp3;

Movement 2B.mp3; Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4A.mp3; Movement 4B.mp3

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Reflections on the Last Post for clarinet and piano coverREFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST for clarinet and piano by Howard J. Buss was inspired by The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. It honors the thousands of soldiers who died to free Belgium from the Germans in WWI. The Last Post Ceremony was first held on July 1928 and has been performed every night since November 11, 1929 at the Menin Gate Memorial, except during the years of the German occupation of Ypres from May 20, 1940 to September 6, 1944. During the occupation the ceremony was continued at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. The composition develops the “Last Post” bugle call, which is performed near the beginning of the ceremony. The work also has stirring sections signifying the youthfulness and vitality of those who fought and died on the Ypres battlefields. Score and part included.
(8’) Grade V. Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

This work is also published for clarinet and band or wind ensemble.

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SEASIDE REFLECTIONS (2011) for clarinet & piano by Howard J. Buss captures the serenity of musing by the sea. The following poem by the composer may be narrated before the performance and/or printed in the program notes:“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 ” (7’) Grade IV.
Seaside Reflections
for clarinet & harp sound sample: Excerpt.mp3

Sound samples (clarinet & piano): Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

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SKYLINES (2002) for clarinet and piano by Howard Buss is a musical urban portrait. This work 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, captures the dynamic energy on the city streets.
(10'30") Grade V.  
Score samples (score in C): Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf

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SEASIDE REFLECTIONS (2011) for clarinet and harp by Howard J. Buss captures the serenity of musing by the sea. The following poem by the composer may be narrated before the performance and/or printed in the program notes to set the mood for the 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.”s
(7’) Grade IV. - Sound sample: Excerpt.mp3

Sound samples (clarinet & piano): Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

Video on YouTube

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Two clarinets:    (Top of Page)

FELINITY by Howard Buss for two clarinets (or clarinet and English horn.) Cast in 3 movements: Alfie’s Dance, Behind the Cryptic Gaze, and Intrigues, the character of 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.
Score samples (transposed score): Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf

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FOUR MINIATURES (2011) for clarinet and bass clarinet (playable by two soprano clarinets) by Howard J. Buss is a vibrant sonatina is in 4 movements: Aggressive, Contemplative, Buoyant, and Energetic. (9’20”)  Grade V. 
Score samples: Excerpt 1.pdf ; Excerpt 2.pdf ; Excerpt 3.pdf

Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3

Video on YouTube

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Clarinet and violin, Clarinet and viola, and Clarinet and cello:   (Top of Page)


Divergences coverNew! DIVERGENCES for clarinet and viola by Howard J. Buss was written for clarinetist Dr. Allison Storochuk and violist Dr. Kirsten Weingartner Weiss. The 3 movements explore an array of moods and sonic atmospheres ranging from the mystical, to the contemplative, to soaring, vibrant passages: Recollections of Shared Times, Disparate Views, and Celebrations. The composer states, “The titles relate to a phenomenon that has long fascinated me: How is it that people such as siblings, who grow up in the same environment (home, family, teachers, and shared experiences), can turn out in later years to be very different from one another with their religious and political beliefs, preferences for food, travel, music, etc. This is addressed generally in the duo, which is designed to be musically solid without any extra-musical, programmatic connotations. However, I think the titles and general character of the music will connect with many listeners and may make them think about the evolution of their own personal relationships.”
Grade V. (12’) YouTube video

Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

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fables from AesopFABLES FROM AESOP (2014) for violin and bass clarinet by Howard Buss, in 5 movements: The Dog Who Chased a Lion, The Astronomer, The Camel Who Wanted Horns, The Crow and the Pitcher and The Rabbits and the Frogs. Each movement begins with a performer reciting the corresponding fable. This piece is a hit with all types of audiences, including those comprised of children. (13’) Grade V.
Score samples: Movement1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf; Movement 4.pdf; Movement 5.pdf 

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TIME CAPSULE (1996) for violin & B-flat clarinet by Howard J. Buss is a sonatina in 4 movements: Daybreak, Chorale, Rendezvous, and Homeward Bound. The first has a frolicking and optimistic character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer. 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. (7’) Grade IV-V.
- View on YouTube (flute & clarinet version)

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THE WORLD WITHIN (1999) for clarinet and cello by Howard J. Buss addresses an individual's yearning to be reconnected with his spiritual past while at the same time endeavoring to be effective in business and social interactions in the modern world. Buss was fascinated by how an acquaintance was resolving this dichotomy in his own life. Six days a week he worked long days as a businessman, immersed in, and sometimes overwhelmed by, the fast-paced world of business. Yet without exception, he spent the entire day every Saturday at his Synagogue in worship, studying the Talmud, following ancient rituals, and reverently assisting the Rabbi in his sacred duties. In this work the two worlds are represented by two markedly different compositional procedures. The former is represented with a highly-structured, lyrical 12-tone style. The latter is more spontaneous and is influenced by Jewish musical idioms. (10’) Grade V.
Sound Samples:
Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3   - YouTube video

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Clarinet and flute:   (Top of Page)

TIME CAPSULE (1996) by Howard J. Buss for flute & B-flat clarinet is a sonatina in 4 movements: Daybreak, Chorale, Rendezvous, and Homeward Bound.The first has a frolicking and optimistic character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer. Rendezvous, is in a lilting 6/8 and "works up a lather" as it progresses to an exciting climax. Homeward Bound, begins with a fanfare-like passage that gives way to a spirited dance.
(7’) Grade IV-V.

View on Time Capsule: YouTube Video

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Clarinet and English horn:  (Top of Page)


FELINITY by Howard Buss for clarinet and English horn (or for two clarinets) is in 3 movements: Alfie’s Dance, Behind the Cryptic Gaze and Intrigues, the character of the music 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.
Score samples (transposed score):
Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf

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

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THREE JAZZICALS (2009) for Bb clarinet and tuba by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to tubist Jay Hunsberger and is in 3 movements - To Bop or Not to Bop, Sounds from the Cool Smoke, and Hotish. The composer states, “ It was not my aim to create a specific hybrid style by synthesizing jazz and modern classical music; rather, my intent was to systematically strip away the fundamental elements of jazz to explore at what point the music ceases being jazz and becomes classical. The style is the resultant this procedure. It is understood that because the subject of what constitutes jazz (there are so many kinds) is so complex, depending upon the background and views of the listener, Three Jazzicals will sound jazzy (in varying degrees) to most, and mostly classical to some.” The instruments employed have been traditionally used in jazz. However, stripped away is the rhythm section; traditional chord progressions; melodic, rhythmic and formal clichés; and improvisation. Among the elements kept is the allowance for personal expression through each player’s tone, inflections, and articulations. (12’) Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Movement 1.mp3; Movement 2.mp3; Movement 3.mp3

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Divertissements_coverDIVERTISSEMENTS for Bb clarinet and percussion by Howard was composed in the autumn of 2016 for clarinetist Kathleen Mulcahy. This composition is designed so that either one or two percussionists can perform it. The 3 movements take listeners through a wide range of emotions and sonic atmospheres: Temporal Intrigues, Mystic Eyes, and Fusional Escapades. (12’40”)  Grade V. - YouTube Video

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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IMPROMPTU (1994) for clarinet (or soprano saxophone) and marimba by Howard J. Buss is characterized by driving rhythms and ornate melodic lines. The opening motives undergo almost continuous development throughout the work, often giving the music a spontaneous, improvisatory feel. At times the music has a playful quality. At other times, mysterious and introspective passages contrast with intense sections to create an atmosphere of moodiness. Two-mallet technique is prominent in the marimba part during “A very accessible and enjoyable work.”- Percussive Notes. (6’) Grade V. 
Sound Samples (played on soprano sax): Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3

Score sample: Excerpts.pdf - Video on YouTube

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Sylvan Magic_coverSYLVAN MAGIC for clarinet and vibraphone by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to clarinetist Barry McGinnis. The three movements, Seasonal Transformations, Musing, and Bustle, were inspired by the change of the seasons in the beautiful Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. (11’47”) Grade V.
Score Samples: Movement 1.pdf, Movement 2.pdf, Movement 3.pdf

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

Sound Excerpts: Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3, Movement 3: Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3

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Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Sheet Music by Howard J. Buss

Index of Clarinet Music: (Click on an instrumentation link, works are listed in alphabetical order within each category.)

Solo clarinet - unaccompanied

Clarinet with one other instrument or voice (includes clarinet duos, clarinet and piano, clarinet and electronic recording, basset horn and piano, etc.)

Clarinet ensembles (includes clarinet trios, quartets, choirs)

Clarinet or bass clarinet solo with percussion ensemble

Clarinet in chamber music - trios

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

Clarinet in chamber music - quintets and sextets (includes standard wind quintets)

Clarinet and band (or wind ensemble)


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