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for flute/alto flute and oboe/English horn
Playing score incl. single parts
Difficulty: very difficult
I. Prelude (2’00”)
II. First Encounter (2’00”)
III. Romance (2’31”)
IV. Second Encounter (2’00”)
V. Reverie, Third Encounter (3’04”)
Total duration: 12’
Suite Amici for flute/alto flute and oboe/English horn by Howard J. Buss was composed for Amici Musicale of the University of South Florida in Tampa: Drs. Francesca Arnone, flutes and Amy Collins, oboe/English horn.
About the Composer
Howard J. Buss (b.1951) is recognized internationally as a composer of contemporary classical music.
His compositions have received critical acclaim and have been performed in more than 50 countries.
His music is frequently featured at national and international music conventions and festivals.
Faculty and student musicians from universities as well as current and former members of organizations such as The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, etc. have performed them.
A copy of his patriotic composition Fanfares is included in the Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. Buss’ more than 280 published works include instrumental solos, chamber music, symphonic, choral, and band works.
Upon hearing his music critics have written: “By far the night’s most memorable piece” - The Los Angeles Times, “This is truly one of the finest works in our idiom” - Robert McCormick in the Florida Percussive News, “The evening’s highlight” - The Maine Sunday
Telegram, and “Buss’ music is a mix of intellect and fun. There is a complexity here that is most appealing.” – Fanfare Magazine
Buss has received numerous awards and his commissioned works include original compositions as well as arrangements.
His music is frequently analyzed in doctoral dissertations, lectures, and professional music journals. His compositions have been recorded on the Albany, Bottega Discantica (Italy), Crystal, Capstone, De Ferrari (Italy), DUX (Poland), Equilibrium, 4-Tay, Granada Brass (Spain), HoneyRock, IBS Classical (Spain), PL Productions, C. Alan Publications, Urania (Italy) and Ravello labels.
Howard J. Buss received a B.A. in Applied Music from West Chester University, M.M. in Performance and M.M. in Composition from Michigan State University, and D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Illinois. He is the founder and former editor of Brixton Publications (ASCAP) and Buss Publications (BMI), which publish contemporary American concert music.