Brian Buch

Works

Composed between March 2015 - February 2017 From the River Flow the Stars is a collection of string quartets performed by the Daedalus Quartet available for purchase through MSR Music

Composed between March 2014 and February 2015, Poems to Sing at Night is a program of solo works composed and performed by Brian Buch inspired by extensive meditations on the fortuitous artistic and creative inspirations we experience, and how these moments temporarily alter our perception of consciousness. Poems to Sing at Night is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

A collection of original works of romantic lyricism and uncompromising intensity inspired by Georgian folk music and contemporary composers of the 20th century. Released in July of 2014. Stone of Traveling Winds is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

I often compose music in collections. The works contained in each collection share similar programatic and musical narratives. Each collection I have composed is listed below. Click for songs to see the respectively contained works for each collection.

Poems to Sing at Night

Poems to Sing at Night is a collection of compositions inspired by original poetry. The influence of the poems is heard in the cadence, rhythmic and melodic flow, and shape of the music. Much of the music of this set contains folk-song elements and is composed in reverence to the simplistic beauty of isolation and meditation.

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  • No.1 in 4 movements (piano solo) 8 minutes, 2014
  • No.2 in 4 movements (piano solo) 8 minutes, 2014
  • No.3 in 4 movements (violin and piano) 12 minutes, 2015
  • No.4 in 3 movements (chamber orchestra) 15 minutes, 2017

Maze of Infinite Forms

Maze of Infinite Forms is a book of compositions based around the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore. The music in this collection reflects the spontaneous surrender of discovery and the vivid yet beautifully simplistic imagery in the poet’s works. Through large and small-scale developmental variation, a maze of thematic material is explored to provide a cohesive story of ever-changing direction. The music should be played in a romantic and intense style.

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  • No. 1 in 2 movements (string quartet) 10 minutes, 2015
  • No. 2 in 6 movements (flute and harp) 10 minutes, 2016
  • No. 3 in 3 movements (piano trio) 9 minutes, 2016
  • No. 4 in 5 movements (piano trio) 12 minutes, 2017
  • No. 5 in 3 movements (piano trio) 12 minutes, 2017

Stone of Traveling Winds

The compositions contained in the book of Stone of Traveling Winds explore musical developments involving a thematic element weathered by surrounding subject material. The imagery and music is representative of the title, a stone changed over time by its surrounding environment. Most of the works in this book feature a soloist with accompaniment and are composed in a somber and contemplative mood.

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  • No. 1 in 4 movements (violin and piano) 16 minutes, 2011
  • No. 2 in 3 movements (violin concerto) 15 minutes, 2011
  • No. 3 in 5 movements (violin and marimba) 10 minutes, 2011
  • No. 4 in 4 movements (viola and harpsichord) 10 minutes, 2012
  • No. 5 in 5 movements (flute and piano) 12 minutes, 2012
  • No. 6 in 4 movements (flute, string trio, vibes, piano) 12 minutes, 2013
  • No. 7 in 5 movements (harp trio) 12 minutes, 2013
  • No. 8 in 4 movements (bass and piano) 12 minutes, 2013
  • No. 9 in 3 movements (solo piano) 8 minutes, 2015

From the River Flow the Stars

Drawing inspiration from ancient Japanese poetry, From the River Flow the Stars is a book of short compositions exploring the mysteries of nature, the hypnotic trance of solitude, and the inward contemplation of one's existence. The compositions in this book contain short poems to be read following respective movements.

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  • No. 1 in 4 movements (cello and percussion), 7 minutes, 2013
  • No. 2 in 3 movements (solo viola) 8 minutes, 2013
  • No. 3 in 3 movements (solo piano) 6 minutes, 2013
  • No. 4 in 4 movements (viola and percussion), 8 minutes, 2013
  • No. 5 in 3 movements (chamber orchestra), 12 minutes, 2014
  • No. 6 in 3 movements (string quartet), 12 minutes, 2015
  • No. 7 in 3 movements (cello and piano), 10 minutes, 2016
  • No. 8 in 3 movements (piano trio), 10 minutes, 2016

Romance and Descent

The book of Romance and Descent contains compositions inspired by the philosophic ideology of Thomas Mann and the growth and progression of life from a bottomless past. The thematic material of these works is often recycled in many different forms throughout the different movements. The "recycling" of ideas is representative of the affect the past has on the present and present's foundation for the future. The works contained in this book are somber, but hopeful, a buoyantdark light, grasping for a better future.

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  • No. 1 in 4 movements (cello and percussion) 7 minutes, 2013
  • No. 2 in 3 movements (solo viola) 8 minutes, 2013
  • No. 3 in 3 movements (solo piano) 6 minutes, 2013
  • No. 4 in 4 movements (viola and percussion) 8 minutes, 2013

Acanthus Leaves

In E.T.A Hoffman's novel The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, the tomcat Murr creates a collection of his most profound thoughts, of which he himself could not understand, under the title of Acanthus Leaves. My attempts to reflect Murr’s wonderful and ineffable thoughts are reflected in the organically developed themes and motives of these pieces. The treatment of motivic development my pieces in this book is specific to each instrument, register, and location of occurrence. My goal in treating musical material as such is to create a sense of disorder within cohesion. These works often combine the serene and sublime with the insatiable volatility of fire.

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  • No. 1 in 4 movements (chamber orchestra) 10 minutes, 2012
  • No. 2 in 3 movements (string quartet) 16 minutes, 2012
  • No. 3 in 4 movements (full orchestra) 16 minutes, 2012
  • No. 4 in 4 movements (string quartet) 12 minutes, 2013 
  • No. 6 in 3 movements (string quartet), 12 minutes, 2015

Life and Opinions

Life and Opinions is another book of compositions inspired by the protagonist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s novel Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr. Each work of this book consists of a musical dialogue between contrasting ideas. The moods of these dialogues blend the contrasts of peace and chaos, vigor and lethargy, elation and despair, with an overall tinge of wonder and curiosity.

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  • No. 1 in 4 movements (cello and piano) 12 minutes, 2012
  • No. 2 in 2 movements (piano concerto) 12 minutes, 2012
  • No. 3 in 4 movements (string quartet) 10 minutes, 2012
  • No. 4 in 3 movements (violin and piano) 12 minutes, 2013 
  • No. 5 in 3 movements (solo piano) 10 minutes, 2014
  • No. 7 in 5 movements (string quartet), 10 minutes 2016

Vocal Music

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  • Heavens Blue and Shining in 4 movements (tenor and piano) 10 minutes, 2009
  • Land of Beauty in 5 movements (tenor and piano) 10 minutes, 2011
  • Fantasy of Temptation in 4 movements (soprano, viola, piano) 10 minutes, 2013

Solo Works

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  • Realms of Gold (solo bass) 7 minutes, 2006
  • Voices of Water in 4 movements (solo piano) 10 minutes, 2009
  • Sky and the Endless Sun in 3 movements (solo piano) 8 minutes, 2010
  • From the River Flow the Stars No. 2 in 3 movements (solo viola) 8 minutes, 2013
  • From the River Flow the Stars No. 3 in 3 movements (solo piano) 6 minutes, 2013
  • Life and Opinions No. 5 in 3 movements (solo piano) 10 minutes, 2014
  • Poems to Sing at Night No.1 in 4 movements (solo piano) 8 minutes, 2014
  • Poems to Sing at Night No.2 in 4 movements (solo piano) 10 minutes, 2014
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No.9 in 3 movements (solo piano) 8 minutes, 2015
  • Beyond the Mountains, Beneath the Clouds in 3 movements (solo piano) 8 minutes, 2015

Duos and Trios

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  • Garden of Fire (piano trio) 10 minutes, 2006
    *finalist in the 2006 International Robert Helps Composition Competition
  • Golden Leaves of a Silver Tree in 5 movements (piano trio) 15 minutes, 2008
  • Ode to a Soundless Light in 3 movements (Violin and Piano) 12 minutes, 2009
  • Winds and Tide of the Eclipse in 3 movements (piano trio) 12 minutes, 2010
  • Crystal Mirrors in 4 movements (flute and vibraphone) 10 minutes, 2010
  • Vase of Shimmering Echoes in 3 movements (violin and cello) 10 minutes, 2010
  • Masts in the Winds of Time in 4 movements (cello and piano) 15 minutes, 2010
  • Table Games in 4 movements (clarinet and piano) 12 minutes, 2010
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 1 in 4 movements (violin and piano) 16 minutes, 2011
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 3 in 5 movements (violin and marimba) 10 minutes, 2011
  • Life and Opinions No. 1 in 4 movements (cello and piano) 12 minutes, 2012
  • Romance and Descent No. 3 in 6 movements (string trio) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Romance and Descent No. 4 in 4 movements (oboe and piano) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 4 in 4 movements (viola and harpsichord) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 5 in 5 movements (flute and piano) 12 minutes, 2012
  • From the River Flow the Stars No. 1 in 4 movements (cello and percussion) 7 minutes, 2013
  • From the River Flow the Stars No. 4 in 4 movements (viola and percussion) 8 minutes, 2013
  • From the River Flow the Stars No.7 in 3 movements (cello and piano) 2016
  • From the River Flow the Stars No.8 in 3 movements (piano trio) 2016
  • Life and Opinions No. 4 in 3 movements (violin and piano) 12 minutes, 2013
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 8 in 4 movements (bass and piano) 12 minutes, 2013
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 7 in 5 movements (harp trio) 12 minutes, 2013
  • Maze of Infinite Forms No.2 in 3 movements (flute and harp) 2016
  • Maze of Infinite Forms No.3 in 3 movements (piano trio) 2016
  • Maze of Infinite Forms No.4 in 3 movements (piano trio) 2017
  • Maze of Infinite Forms No.5 in 3 movements (piano trio) 2017

Chamber Ensembles and Quartets

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  • Icy Silence of the Salamander Fire (2 pianos and percussion) 8 minutes, 2006
    *finalist in the 2007 Robert Helps Competition
    *1st place in the 2007 MTNA Composition Competition
  • From Wind to Light (Clarinet in Bb and String Quartet) 10 minutes, 2009
  • Dedication Radiance in 3 movements (sextet) 12 minutes, 2009
  • The Red Helm and Silver Sea in 3 movements (string quartet) 12 minutes, 2010
  • Impossible Encounters in 4 movements (string quartet) 16 minutes, 2011
    *finalist in the 2nd International N.Y. Mydskovsky Competition in Moscos
  • Acanthus Leaves No. 1 in 4 movements (chamber orchestra) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Acanthus Leaves No. 2 in 3 movements (string quartet) 16 minutes, 2012li>
  • Romance and Descent No. 5 in 5 movements (chamber ensemble) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Life and Opinions No. 3 in 4 movements (string quartet) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Acanthus Leaves No. 4 in 4 movements (string quartet) 12 minutes, 2013
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 6 in 4 movements (flute, string trio, vibes, piano) 12 minutes, 2013
  • From the River Flow the Stars No.5 in 3 movements (flute, Oboe, Cl, string quartet) 2015
  • Poems to Sing at Night in 3 movements (chamber orchestra) 2017

Chamber Orchestras, Concertos, Symponic Works

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  • Shadows from an Underwater Forest (orchestra) 10 minutes, 2006
    *finalist in the II International Lepo Sumera Composition Competition in Tallinn, Estonia
    *2nd Prize in the 2006 MTNA Composition Competition
  • Prayer for an Unnamed Grave (piano concerto) 12 minutes, 2007
    *finalist in the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Composition Competition in Brussels
  • Arrows from a Bow of Burning Gold (flute and string orchestra) 10 minutes, 2007
    *finalist in the 2007 International Haifa Composition Competition
  • Tombs of Sandici (orchestra) 12 minutes, 2007
    *Winner of the 2008 Boston University Soloist Composition Competition
  • Avalanche of Light (violin concerto) 12 minutes, 2008
  • Lantern of Eternal Flame (chamber orchestra), 2008
  • Fortress of the Fallen in 2 movements (octet) 15 minutes, 2009
    commissioned by the ALEA III New Music Ensemble
  • Bells Bourne of a Cedar Tree (Bassoon Concerto) in 4 movements, 15 minutes, 2009
  • Twilight of Crystals and Fire (piano concerto) 9 minutes, 2009
  • Whirlpool Clouds in 3 movements (bass concerto) 12 minutes, 2010
  • Flashed the Crystals of Air in 2 movements (large chamber ensemble) 14 minutes, 2010
  • Songs of Transcendence and Metamorphosis in 4 movements (full orchestra) 16 minutes, 2011
  • Stone of Traveling Winds No. 2 in 3 movements (violin concerto) 15 minutes, 2011
  • Acanthus Leaves No. 1 in 4 movements (chamber orchestra) 10 minutes, 2012
  • Acanthus Leaves No. 3 in 4 movements (full orchestra) 16 minutes, 2012
  • Life and Opinions No. 2 in 2 movements (piano concerto) 12 minutes, 2012