Clarinet Solos, Unaccompanied by Howard J. Buss

Compositions and Arrangements
Grading Scale:
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III-IV: Intermediate
V-VI: Advanced
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Solo clarinet - unaccompanied
listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis:

  A DAY IN THE CITY “7 Vignettes” (1986) for solo clarinet. These musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each movement depicts an occurrence 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.  
Sound Sample: Movement 2, Off to A Busy Day.mp3 - Score: Excerpts.pdf

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CANTICLES OF SAINT FRANCIS for solo clarinet is a tribute St. Francis of Assisi, the venerated Catholic friar, preacher, founder of several Orders, and lover of animals and the environment. Canticles is in 4 movements, Prelude, Worldly Pleasures, Meditation, and A Blessed Legacy. It showcases the sonic beauty and technically agility of the clarinet. The character of the music ranges from soulful introspection to worldly exuberance. At the opening of the first movement and near the close of the last, sounds a four-note melodic fragment, G, F, D, and B, which is derived from St. Francis’ name at birth, Giovanni Francesco di Bernadone. This device is used sparingly so that when it does appear, it is given special prominence.This work was commissioned by clarinetist Dr. Kathleen Jones for ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. (6’20”) Grade V. -
Video on Youtube

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

Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3

Score Excerpts.pdf   - Music available from Cimarron Music Press

LUNAR VISTAS (2005) for solo bass clarinet was written for Edward Palanker (Baltimore Symphony) and is in 3 movements: The Far Side, Eclipse, and Panorama. In the first forte melodic flourishes contrast with quiet phrases as to suggest the dramatic moonscape of the mysterious part of the moon only visible from spacecraft. Eclipse is animated, rhythmically intriguing, and suspenseful. Panorama,is characterized by exciting, fiery sections juxtaposed with two short cadenza-like passages. Lunar Vistas received its premier performance in 2005 by Mr. Palanker at An Die Musik in Baltimore.
(7’) Grade V.  Score sample: Movement 1.pdf

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NOCTURNE (1982) for solo clarinet explores subtle changes of mood and color. Although emotions are relatively controlled in the context of the wide pitch and dynamic ranges, there are a few instances in which that control gives way to more animated and intense passages. Only towards the end of the work, in the cadenza, is lyricism momentarily replaced by a fiery outburst. Nocturne concludes with a reflective and somewhat breathless version of the opening theme.
(3’30”) Grade IV-V. Score sample: Excerpt.pdf

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SANTIAGO LEGEND (1996) for solo clarinet
is a tribute to the world-renown Chilean clarinetist and instrument maker, Luis Rossi, was designed to showcase the expressive and technical capabilities of the distinct registers of the clarinet. Beautiful lyrical lines contrast with rhythmic and dramatic passages. (6’) Grade V.

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

Score Excerpts.pdf
  - Video on YouTube

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THREE Euphonics for solo bass clarinetTHREE EUPHONICS FOR SOLO BASS CLARINET (2014) showcases the agility and beautiful, sonorous tone of the instrument. 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. This work is dedicated to clarinetist, Dr. Keith Koons, Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida. (5’40”) Grade V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3; Excerpt_2.mp3: Excerpt_3.mp3

Score Excerpts.pdf

Music available from Cimarron Music Press

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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)

Howard J. Buss, Composer       

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