The Enchanted Garden (score & parts) - BSN/VLN/VLA/CEL
Composer: Buss, Howard
Publisher: Brixton Publications
for bassoon, violin, viola, and cello
by Hoard J. Buss (b. 1951) - American composer
The Enchanted Garden was composed during the autumn of 2015 for bassoonist Keith Sweger. This picturesque, lyrical work showcases the beautiful sonority of the chamber ensemble. The character of the music is meditative, reflective, and at times conveys a hint of reverence.
The musical scoring is colorful and inventive, yet does not require the performers to venture into extreme registers or use extended techniques. The composer states, "While presenting the instruments in an interesting and flattering way, the primary goal of the music is to transport listeners to a sonic world analogous to that of a lavish garden shimmering in the beautiful ambiance created by the late afternoon sun."