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Cosmic Portraits
for flute, clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax. Performed by flutist Caterina Stocchi, clarinetist Antonio Fraioli, and saxophonists Caterina Villari and Emma Nicòl Pigato. Available from Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/cosmic-portraits/1651929503
and on Spotify.

 


 Venetian Memoirs, Movement 3 "The Train Ride Home" for solo flute performed by Elena Cecconi on the CD attached to the book of Italian Poetry, "Arabeschi e Geometrie." Available from De Ferrari of Genoa, Italy:

https://www.deferrarieditore.it/prodotto/arabeschi-e-geometrie/  

 

 

Two trumpet and percussion duos, Incantation and Atmospheres have been released on the Album "Inantation" by the Samodai-Szives Duo of Budapest, Hungary. The works are available for downloaded on Spotify:Incantation - Atmospheres: Movements 1,  2, and 3.



Granada Brass CD                                                     

Sonic Fables "Lessons from Aesop" for brass quintet and percussion is on the new CD "20" performed by The Granada Brass and Yolunda Chung on percussion. Details about availability will be announced here as soon as distribution begins.

                                                                        


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CONCERTO FOR BASSOON AND ORCHESTRA was written for bassoonist, Dr. Keith Sweger, and premiered by him and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra in 2022. The two movements, Reminiscences and Excursions, span a wide range of moods and timbral atmospheres, ranging from lyric tenderness to forceful, aggressive sections. This work is also published for bassoon & piano. (19’) Grade V-VI. YouTube Video
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf

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

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

Music available from Cimarron Music Press


Tribute to Stephen Foster for 5 clarinetsTRIBUTE TO STEPHEN FOSTER “A Medley of Six Favorites” arranged for five clarinets by Howard J. Buss. (Scored for Eb, two Bb, and two Bb bass clarinets - an optional Bb part is included as a substitute for bass clarinet 1.) Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) is often referred to as “the father of American music.” Many of his songs serve as a window into the spirit of America in his day. Others are exquisitely sentimental. Whether or not one approves of the lyrics of his minstrel songs, the enduring beauty and vitality of his melodies cannot be denied. In addition to the six Foster songs in this arrangement, Buss interjects two other well-known melodies: The “First Call” bugle call is woven into the tapestry of Camptown Races” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me” serves as a partner song to “Ring, Ring, the Banjo.”
I. “Old Black Joe”  (2’)
II. “Camptown Races” (1’40”)
III. “Beautiful Dreamer”  (2’15”)
IV. “Old Folks at Home” also known as “Swanee River” (2’12”)
V. “Ring, Ring the Banjo” – “Oh, Susannah!”  (2’41”)
The movements may be played individually or in smaller groupings. The total duration is about 11’ without pauses between the movements. Grade V.
Score sample: Excerpts.pdf

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

Excerpt 4.mp3; Excerpt 5.mp3

Music available from Cimarron Music Press



                                                              
Upcoming Concerts of Note:

Island of Enchantment "5 Vignettes from Puerto Rico" for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano will receive its world premier on the Camerata Caribe, 40th Anniversary Concert at 4 PM on Sunday, February 5, 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Teatro Bertita y Guillermo L. Martinez, Sala Jesus Maria Sanroma. The performers will be Professors Josue Casillas, flute; Jesus Ramon, oboe; Kathleen Jones, clarinet; Joshua Pantoja, horn; Adam Havrilla, bassoon; and Pedro Juan Jimenez, piano. Tickets are $10. This work will be published in February by Cimarron Music Press (Brixton Publications.)

Soundscapes for alto sax (doubling on tenor sax) and drum set; Novella for alto sax and piano, Visitations from the Dark, for alto sax, bass clarinet, and piano, One Night for clarinet, tenor sax, and piano; and The Middle-aged Man and His Two Mistresses for baritone voice and alto sax will be performed on an all-Buss concert by saxophonist Dr. Barry McGinnis and colleagues at Newberry College in South Carolina on March 23, 2023 at 7 PM. For the latter two works, it will be their world premieres. Dr. McGinnis will be performing with Dr. Cory High on drumset, Dr. Zachary Bond on clarinet and bass clarinet, Alice Ramierez on piano, and Dr. Chris Sheppard, baritone voice.

Cadenzas and Interludes #1 "Memories from the Isle of Mull" for violin and alto saxophone will receive its world premiere by Dr. Rachael Fischer, violin; and Dr. Stephen Fischer, saxophone during the North American Saxophone Association's 2023 Biennal Conference, March 30-April 2, at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. More details TBA. This work will be published in April by Cimarron Music Press (Brixton Publications.)


Recent Concerts of Note:

In Memoriam for basset horn and piano was performed during the 2023 ICA Low Clarinet Festival by Dr. Keith Koons, basset horn; and Gail Novak, piano. Their performance was on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in the Glendale Community College Recital Hall in Glendale, Arizona.

Concerto for Bassoon for bassoon and orchestra received its world premier on September 22, 2022 by bassoonist Dr. Keith Sweger and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Greg Robbins in Sursa Performance Hall on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Tribute to Stephen Foster "A Medley of Six Favorites" for clarinet ensemble received its world premier by the Sunshine Clarinets (Keith Koons, Lynn Musco, Kevin Strang, Jessica Speak, and Eric Mandat) on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Sonata della speranza "Sonata of Hope" for bassoon and piano was performed by bassoonist Dr. Ann Shoemaker and pianist Hsiao-Ling Lin on July 28, 2022 in IMIG S134 during the IDRS 51st Conference hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music.

Alien Loop de Loops for horn and electronic recording was performed on July 7, 2022 by Jefferson Montiel Mora in Maria Clara Cullell Hall at the University of Costa Rica in San José.

Alien Loop de Loops for trombone and electronic recording was performed on April 28, 2022 by Dr. John Lopez at Glenville State University in Glenville, West Virginia, on the GSU Alumni Concert.

Alien Loop de Loops for trombone and electronic recording was performed on April 27, 2022 by Mason Duplissie in the Dumke Recital Hall of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

On the Stroke of Midnight for solo trombone received its world premiere on April 5, 2022 by Dr. Brian Brink in Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

Sonata Lyrique for trombone and piano received its world premier on Saturday February 5, 2022 by trombonist Dr. Jemmie Robertson and pianist Brian Hargrove at BrassFest hosted by the University of Florida.

Dances and Interludes for solo guitar was performed by Dr. Robert Phillips on December 20, 2021 at Guitar Sarasota at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Sonic Fables "Lessons from Aesop" for narrator, brass quintet and percussion was performed by the Granada Brass with Yolanda Chung on percussion on November 20, 2021 at Palacio de la Musica, Churriana De La Vega, in Granada, Spain. This was an Album Release Concert for the group's new album titled "20".

Time Capsule for flute and trumpet performed by Miranda Pham, flute, and Tlaloc Perales, trumpet, on November 14, 2021 in the Fine Arts Center, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Sonata della speranza "Sonata of Hope" for bassoon and piano received its world premiere by Dr. Ann Shoemaker, bassoon, and Dr. Rajung Yang, piano on November 1, 2021 in the Roxy Grove Recital Hall, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Levi's Dream for trombone quartet was performed by Michelle Flowers and the Coal Hill Quartet on October 23, 2021 at Texas Woman's University during the national convention of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI.)

A Day in the City "7 Vignettes" for solo bass trombone was perfomed by Spencer Butts, October 18, 2021 in the Squires Recital Hall of McNesse State University in Louisiana.

Divergences for clarinet and viola received its world premier by clarinetist Allison Storochuk and Kirsten Weingartner Weiss on viola during Virtual ClarinetFest of the International Clarinet Association on July 31, 2021.

Levi's Dream for trombone quartet was performed by Michelle Flowers (Prof. at Texas Women's Univ.) and the Coal Hill Quartet on July 14, 2021 at the International Trombone Festival hosted by Columbus State University in Georgia.The concert was in the Riverside Mainstage Theatre.

Color'tudes for bass clarinet and piano byreceived its world premier by Karl Kolbeck and Angela Miller-Niles at Wayne State College in Wayne Nebraka on April 23, 2021 at in the Ramsey Theatre in the Fine Arts Center.The concert was live and streamed online.

On the Stroke of Midnight for solo horn received its world premier on March 28, 2021 by Gene Berger at the Northeast Horn Workshop hosted by the West Virginia University School of Music.

Alien Loop de Loops for bass trombone and electronic recording and Zoom for bass trombone and harp were performed on March 6, 2021 by bass trombonist Lucas Kaspar, and harpist Chelsea Bushong in the University Theatre of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Tubaisms for solo tuba bywas performed on Sunday, February 7, 2021 by Phillip C. Black in Wiedemann Hall at Wichita State University.

A Day in the City for solo trombone by was performed by Donald Pinson on November 6, 2020 in the Wolfe Recital Hall of Del Mar College during the South Texas Brass Symposium.

Alien Loop de Loops for horn and electronic recording by was performed by Nicolas Gledhill on March 8, 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

During the North American Saxophone Conference (March 6-9, 2020) hosted by Arizona State University were the 2 world premieres: Visitations from the Dark for alto sax, bass clarinet, and piano will be performed by Barry McGinnis, Karl Kolbeck and Sarah Masterson on March 8; and, Sonic Tapistries for violin, alto sax, and piano was performed by Rachel and Steven Fischer with Casey Dierlam Tse on piano on March 8.

Alpine Spring for flute and harp was performed by Meera Gudipati and Megan Sesma on the Spring Faculty Showcase in Evans Hall at Connecticut College in New London on February 21, 2020. The concert was live-streamed as well.

Reflections on the Last Post for tuba and band received its world premier on Febrary 8, 2020 by Ramon Garavito, Jr. and the United States Army Concert Band, "Pershing's Own", conducted by Scott McKenzie in the Laboda Studio of the Ft. Meyer Army Base. The concert was also live-streamed.

Totally Tubular for oboe/English horn and trumpet/Flugelhorn was performed by Lauren and Robert Murray on January 21, 2020 in the TECO Theatre of the Straz Center in Tampa and on February 1, 2020 at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast in the Morgan Concert Hall of the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.


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