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A Day In The City: 7 Vignettes for Unaccompanied Trombone or Baritone by Howard J. Buss, pub. Brixton


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(1986) for solo trombone or baritone, by Howard J. Buss.

These colorful musical scenes from the city are excellent study and recital pieces. Each movement is given a title which depicts an occurrence which the composer experienced one day in 1982 during a visit to New York City. The movements are Another Sunrise (based upon an early morning excursion to Central Park to witness the rising of the sun over the buildings); Off to a Busy Day (driving in heavy traffic, zigzagging around to avoid "crazy" drivers); The Lost Key Episode (the composer lost his car keys, but the key of the music is lost too); The Waitin' in Line Blues (an actual blues progression during which the performer alternates between playing with a straight tone and a heavy, obnoxious "corny" vibrato to show frustration at being stuck in a slow-moving line); Romantic Interlude (a beautiful, melodious and flowing waltz); Sudden Storm (getting caught up in a raging thunderstorm); and Out on the Town (has a cheerful Latin feel and breaks into swing as it reaches its climax).

"Tonal, charming and imaginative!  The low purchase price and the incisive approach of a skilled composer make this a piece worth seeking out.”

-- PMEA News

(10’) Grade IV.

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