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Howard J. Buss

Howard J. Buss

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Subtitle: For Band or Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Flute ensemble
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $128.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00|   Parts Only (print) - $98.00


Full score
Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
English horn in F
Bassoons I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet B-flat clarinet (substitute part for the Eb alto clarinet part) B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophones I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpets I-II-III-IV
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombones I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crash Cymbal
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Bell
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Energico! (2014) begins with a concise, stately section that presents harmonic and rhythmic material that is developed throughout. The festive main body of the work is in an episodic ABA-Coda format and mixes Buss’ unique style of soaring lyricism with crisp, energetic rhythms and colorful harmonies. Energico! was originally written for flute ensemble during the summer of 2008: The Long Island Flute Club with support from The Brannen-Cooper Fund commissioned it in celebration of its 25th anniversary (1984-2009). It was premiered in 2009 by the Professional Flute Choir of the Long Island Flute Club at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City. The flute choir version of the work is available from Brixton Publications. Energico! for band intensifies the energy of the original version by utilizing the full resources of the concert band, including four percussion parts. The timbral palette is expanded accordingly and includes the use of mutes, stopped horn, and other colorful devices. Energico! for band is a sophisticated, yet audience-friendly, work.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (John C. Carmichael, conductor) – 2 October 2014 *Premiere Performance*

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