Trombone Sheet Music, Duos by Howard J. Buss

Compositions and Arrangements
Grading Scale:
I-II: Easy
III-IV: Intermediate
V-VI: Advanced
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Trombone or euphonium with one other instrument (An asterisk "*" after the word "trombone" means that the part may also be played by a euphonium.) Includes trombone & piano, trombone or euphonium and electronic recording, trombone duos, etc. The works are listed in alphabetical order, durations are in parenthesis:

Alien Loop de Loops for trombone and electronic recordingAward Winner! ALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for trombone or (bass trombone) and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the composition. During the opening section the trombone is 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. It is best played on a trombone with an F-attachment. The general tessitura of the work also allows it to be performed on a bass trombone. Alien Loop de Loops was winner of the 2015 American Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” (6’47”) Grade V.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3

View at YouTube: Alien Loop de Loops

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Alien Loop de Loops coverALIEN LOOP DE LOOPS for euphonium or (tuba) and electronic recording by Howard J. Buss is a fantasy piece designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The title refers to both programmatic and technical elements in the composition. During the opening section the soloist 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 and picturesque sonic tapestry. Ossia suggestions are included for some of the more technical passages. The general tessitura of the work also allows it to be performed on a tuba. Brixton also publishes this work in a version for trombone or bass trombone, which was winner of the 2015 American Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition sponsored by the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” (6’47”) Grade V.
Sound samples (on euphonium): Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

Sound samples (on tuba): Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

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BALLAD (2004) for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano by Howard J. Buss radiates a sensuous lyricism. It was commissioned by Jonathan Warburton and received its world premier in May, 2004 in Manchester, England by him and Gilbert Cowlishaw on piano.The structure of the work is A-B-A-Coda, the A section is melodious, flowing, and expressive. The B section is more animated and has a playful nature. (6 ’10”) Grade IV-V.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

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BOOM TIME for trombone and percussion,words and music by Howard Buss, is an evocative work in which both performers recite the text during performance. The 4 movements, Boomers!, Thoughts of Grey, Trombone Magic, and Wild Nights, address humankind’s relationship to technology in the modern world. The instrumentation includes tomtoms, cymbals, wood block, wind chimes, tam-tam, bell tree, triangle, bass drum, tambourine, hi-hat, whip, vibraslap, bells and vibes. Commissioned by and premiered at the 1998 International Trombone Festival. (12’) Grade V-VI.
Score samples: “Boomers!”.pdf. “Thoughts of Grey!”.pdf;

“Trombone Magic” .pdf; “Wild Nights” .pdf;

Percussion Set-up.pdf; Performance Notes.pdf

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

Movement 3.mp3; Movement 4.mp3

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Concerto for Euphonium_ piano versionCONCERTO FOR EUPHONIUM for euphonium and piano by Howard J. Buss was composed during 2016 and 2017 and is dedicated to Patrick Nyren. This work was created in 2 versions – one for euphonium and piano, and the other for euphonium and orchestra. (The euphonium and orchestra version will be published at some point in the future.) The two movements, Reminiscences and Excursions, span a wide range of moods and timbral atmospheres, ranging from lyric tenderness to forceful sections. (19’) Grade V-VI.
Sound Samples: Movement 1: # 1.mp3, # 2.mp3, # 3.mp3

Movement 2: # 1,mp3, # 2.mp3, # 3.mp3, # 4.mp3

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DIVERSIONS (2009) for flute & trombone duo by Howard J. Buss is in 4 movements: First Impressions is a friendly musical conversation reflecting the ebb and flow of ideas that 2 people may exchange and develop when meeting the first time. The Challenge begins with a flute cadenza that highlights the agility the instrument with rapid tonguing, quick dashes of sound, and trills. When the trombonist enters and demonstrates to the surprised flutist the ability to execute similar passages also with agility and finesse, it becomes apparent that a challenge has been issued. For the remainder of the movement the two players try to impress one another with their individual technical prowess. By Starlight  has a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. The lyricism is  woven into a predominately consonant harmonic tapestry that at times melts into poignant dissonance. The freewheeling final movement, Carnival, is bright and exuberant.
(12’30”) Grade VI. - YouTube video

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FABLES FROM AESOP (2001) for violin and trombone* by Howard J. 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. The colorful music is idiomatic and sophisticated, yet it is accessible because of its programmatic nature. This piece is a hit with all types of audiences, including those comprised of children! “Buss employs a variety of meters, tonalities, and an equality of parts to set this duet apart from other instrumental duos of mixed descent. This is a captivating achievement of great variety and craftsmanship.” - reviewed by Joel Elias, California State University, Sacramento in the July 2005 International Trombone Association Journal.
(13’) Grade V. -  YouTube video

Score samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf;

Movement 3.pdf: Movement 4.pdf; Movement 5.pdf  

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FOUR MINIATURES for trombone* and bass trombone (or tuba) by Howard J. Buss is a sonatina in 4 movements: Aggressive, Contemplative, Buoyant, and Energetic.
(9’20”)  Grade V. 
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf -  YouTube video

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ILLUMINATIONS for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano by Howard J. Buss was commissioned for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. It is cast in two movements: Reverie and Urban Lights. The first movement is lyrical and contemplative in nature, the second is a frolicking rondo which is influenced by jazz and, in one section, funk music.
(19’) Grade V.
This work is also available in a version for bass trombone and band

Sound Samples: Movement 1: Sample A.mp3; Sample B.mp3;

Movement 2 Sample A.mp3; Movement 2 Sample B.mp3

Video on YouTube

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NIGHT TIDE (1995) for trombone and marimba by Howard J. Buss. An evocative interplay between aggressive and serene sections, this enchanting duo is an impression of the New England coastline at night. “The evening’s highlight, Night Tide was a stunning aural portrait of ’s ebb and flow.” - The Maine Sunday Telegram. (8’30”) Grade V.
Recorded on the CD Spanish Memoirs by Manuel Quesada Benitez and Yu-Jung Chung (available from IBS Classical, Spain). 
Sound Sample#1.mp3; Sound Sample#2.mp3 - YouTube video

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SONATA LYRIQUE
for trombone and piano by Howard J. Buss was written for
Dr. Jemmie Robertson and is dedicated to the memory of the victims of Corona virus pandemic. The three movements explore a wide diversity of moods, musical atmospheres, and textures:
I. The Approach, II. Reminiscences of You, and III. The Departure. (11'10") Grade V.

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

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TIME CAPSULE (2002) by Howard Buss is a sonatina in 4 movements: Daybreak has a frolicking character. Chorale breaks with the traditional structure of the chorale in that each phrase gets a measure longer. Rendezvousis in a lilting 6/8 and builds excitement 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.
Sound excerpts (trumpet-trombone version): Movement 1.mp3, Movement 2.mp3,

Movement 3.mp3; Movemrnt 4.mp3

- version for trombone* and bass trombone, Music available from Cimarron Music Press

- version for trumpet and tenor trombone*, B350A Music available from Cimarron Music Press



TREK! “A Fantasy for Trombone and Piano” (1999) by Howard J. Buss is an exciting romp through 4 continuous movements. Fanfare, fugal, and jazzy sections contrast. Commissioned for the 1999 International Trombone Festival in New York, premiered by Douglas Wright (Minnesota Orchestra).
(9’) Grade VI.
Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

YouTube Video - Music available from Cimarron Music Press


TROMBONE CONCERTO (1985, renotated in 2021) for trombone & piano by Howard J. Buss in three movements: Proclamation, Soliloquy, and Capriccio. This critically acclaimed composition works well as a feature number and as a contest piece. “An alternative to the Rimsky-Korsakov, the Jacob ‘Concertino’, or the Larson - substantial, listenable, I recommend it highly ”- Paul Hunt, ITA Journal.
(18’) Grade V. Score sample.pdf  YouTube video

This work is also published for trombone and band.

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Ventures by Howard J. BussVENTURES for solo euphonium and percussion (1 or 2 players)  by Howard J. Buss was written during 2014 and is dedicated to Patrick Nyren. The 3 movements, Boldly, Introspective, and Go!, demonstrate the incredible expressive range and technical capabilities of the instruments. The percussion instrument setup is designed so that it can be performed by one or two players. Ventures was premiered in November 2014 by Patrick Nyren, euphonium, and percussionists Daniel Lyons and Kenny Goss at New Mexico State Universits.
(14'45") Grade VI.
Sound Samples - Movement 1: excerpt 1.mp3; excerpt 2.mp3;

Movement 2:_excerpt 1.mp3; excerpt 2.mp3;

Movement 3: excerpt 1.mp3; excerpt 2.mp3

View on YouTube Ventures: I. BoldlyVentures: II. Introspective, and Ventures: III Go!  

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ZOOM (2011) for bass trombone (or tuba) and harp by Howard J. Buss was commissioned by Brandt Attema and Astrid Haring. It was inspired by the spectacular images as seen through a satellite camera as the composer zoomed in on the coastline of The Netherlands. The strong narrative quality of the music and soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies, makes this work accessible to different types of audiences. (10'30") Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

View at ZOOM: YouTube Video

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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


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