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Vibrant Horizons

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Howard J. Buss

Howard J. Buss

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Subtitle: For Flute and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 17:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brixton Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. New Beginnings – 5:15
2. Old Thoughts – 5:45
3. Circles - 6:30


Full score
Solo flute
Flutes I-II
Oboes I-II
English horn in F
Bassoons I-II
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
Horns in F I-II
Trombones I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Timpani (also plays suspended cymbal)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (to low A)
  • Suspended cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Vibrant Horizons (2018) for flute and wind ensemble by Howard J. Buss was composed for flutist Brian Luce. It is in three movements: New Beginnings has an optimistic character, and the spirited thrust of the music projects movement in a hopeful and positive direction. The contemplative second movement, Old Thoughts, juxtaposes beautiful, atmospheric sections with brooding passages, as if to suggest a tension between desirable elements of the past with those that prompted the individual to seek new horizons. The final movement, Circles, addresses the fact that once one is settled into a new situation, routines develop. When viewed over time these routines often resemble circular patterns.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor; Brian Luce, flute) – 21 March 2019 *Premiere Performance*
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hagen, conductor; Brian Luce, flute) – 2 March 2019 *Preview*

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