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Trombone Concerto (Buss)

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Howard J. Buss

Howard J. Buss

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $28.00   |   Parts Only (print) - $52.00


1. Proclamation – 6:30
2. Soliloquy – 6:00
3. Capriccio - 6:30


Full score
Solo Trombone
Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
Bassoons I-II
B-flat Clarinets I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophones I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpets I-II-III
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombones I-II-III
Euphonium B.C.
Euphonium T.C.
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass drum
  • Chimes
  • Orchestra bells
  • Suspended cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Wind chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Trombone Concerto (1983) by Howard J. Buss is in 3 movements which explore a great variety of colors and technical capabilities of the trombone. The first movement, "Proclamation" is divided into 3 main segments. The first and last of these are in a dramatic, declamatory style and surround the mysterious and more lyrical central section. The second movement, "Soliloquy," features the muted trombone against a shimmering background. At first the music of Soliloquy has a veiled quality, but gradually it builds in intensity and reaches a climax during which the mute is removed and the full sonorous tone of the trombone is exposed in a short cadenza. The dazzling final movement, "Capriccio," is similar in formal scheme to the first movement and as the title suggests is in a whimsical style. The impressive technical demands on the performer is not virtuosity for its own sake; rather, the musical content is the driving force behind the technical display.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lakeland High School (Florida) Wind Ensemble (John Carmichael, conductor; Howard Buss, trombone) – 30 November 1984*Premiere Performance*
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Prof. Platt, conductor; Carl Lenthe, trombone) – 29 September 2009

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