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Illuminations (Buss)

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Howard J. Buss

Howard J. Buss


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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $98.00   |   Score Only (print) - $28.50   |   Parts Only (print) - $69.50


Movements

1. Reverie – 10:00
2. Urban Lights – 9:00


Instrumentation

Full score
Solo Bass Trombone (or Tuba)
Piccolo
Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
English horn in F
Bassoons I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III
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
Euphonium B.C.
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crash cymbals (hand-held)
  • Cow bell
  • Drum set (used in movement II only)
  • Orchestra bells
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Illuminations (2013) This work, originally for bass trombone or tuba and piano, was composed for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This concerto is written in an accessible modern style. The musical language is sophisticated, yet its character is appealing to general audiences. "Illuminations" is in 2 contrasting movements: The first, "Reverie," is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. The second movement, "Urban Lights," is an energetic and exciting rondo. It is strongly influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music."Illuminations" was premiered on May 21, 2001 by Charles Vernon and pianist Robert Marler at the International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. During the latter months of 2013 the composer created a version of this work for bass trombone (or tuba) and band.


- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of South Florida Wind Ensemble (John Carmichael, conductor; Jay Hunsberger, tuba) – 29 November 2016*Premiere Performance*
  • Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic (Matthew Mailman, conductor; John Allen, bass trombone) – 28 February 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources