Posted By : howardbuss
Piece Title : American Phoenix for bass trombone (or tuba) and 4 percussion
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Composer / Arranger : Buss, Howard (1951-)
Composer / Arranger Details: Unknown
Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Untuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Bell Tree / Bongos (Set of) / Cow Bell / Large Cow Bell / Lion`s Roar / Marimba (Size Unknown) / Police Whistle / ratchet / Slap Stick / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Tambourine / Timpani (Set of) / Toms (Set of) / Tuba / Tubular Bells / Tuned Wind Chimes / Vibraphone / Wood Block / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : written for Stefan Sanders and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Association
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Publisher :Brixton Publications
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2001 / 
Duration :15Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8, Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :AMERICAN PHOENIX (2001) for solo bass trombone (or tuba) and 4 percussion by Howard J. Buss was written for Stefan Sanders, bass trombonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Association. Cast in three movements, this colorful work was composed immediately following the important world events of September 11, 2001. It was premiered by Mr. Sanders and members of the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble at the 2002 International Trombone Festival in Denton, Texas. This colorful work is in 3 movements: "In Remembrance 9/11/01", "Repercussions", and "Renewal." Percussion Distribution - Perc. 1: Xylophone, tubular bells (chimes), suspended cymbal, snare drum, police whistle & Chinese bell tree; Perc. 2: Vibraphone, 2 suspended cymbals, 4 tom toms, bongos & wood block; Perc. 3: Marimba, tam-tam, lion roar, ratchet, slapstick, wind chimes & suspended cymbal; Perc. 4: Marimba (to low A), timpani (4), tambourine, 2 cowbells & suspended cymbal. "Buss’ melodies vary. They are mystic, poignant, heroic, often modal, and at times reminiscent of folk songs. He writes for the percussion ensemble with mastery and features a wide range of instruments. The sound landscape is rich with many moods and timbres. AMERICAN PHOENIX is an attractive addition to a solo program or as a feature piece for a percussion recital. It is rewarding for both performer and audience.” - The ITA Journal, January 2005 (15’) Grade V. Score and audio samples are on the Brixton Publications website at
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