Reflections on The Last Post

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Howard J. Buss

Howard J. Buss

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.50


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Program Notes

Reflections On The Last Post for tuba and band or wind ensemble 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.

- Program Note from publisher

Award Winners

  • U.S. Army Band’s Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Composition Competition, 2019, winner


State Ratings

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  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (J. Scott McKenzie, conductor; Ramon Garavito, Jr., tuba) – 8 February 2020
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor; Keith Koons, clarinet) – 7 November 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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