Howard J. Buss (b. 1951) is recognized internationally as composer of contemporary classical music. His compositions have received critical acclaim and have been performed in more than 50 countries. His music is widely performed and frequently featured at national and international music conventions and festivals. They have been performed by faculty musicians from major universities as well as current and former members of prestigious 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. A copy of his patriotic composition Fanfares is included in the Presidential Collection of Ronald Reagan. Buss’ more than 160 published works include instrumental solos, chamber music, symphonic, choral, and band works.
Buss has received numerous awards and his commissioned works include original compositions as well as arrangements. He is a sought after guest composer, clinician, and contest adjudicator. His works are frequently selected to be included and analyzed in doctoral dissertations, lectures, professional music journals, and music literature bibliographies, and his compositions have been recorded on the Albany, Bottega Discantica (Milan, Italy), Crystal, Capstone, DUX (Warsaw, Poland), Equilibrium, HoneyRock, IBS Classical (Spain), PL Productions, Ravello, and C. Alan Publications labels.
Howard J. Buss received his 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.
Version for high voice, flute, cello and 6 percussion by Howard J. Buss is a dramatic tribute to the composer’s grandfather who, like many ironworkers in his day, worked under brutal conditions with the dream of making life better for future generations. A moving work touching our communal soul
Rite of Passage provides a variety of technical challenges for the percussionist, The musical texture frequently shifts among one, two, three, and four-part writing. Wide melodic register shifts at times force the performer into cross-stick patterns. Extended tremolos and ostinati occur in both hands requiring considerable dexterity and stamina.