Instrumentation: Octet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
EEEETTTT Kidstuff Protocols was written in the spring of 2019 for the University of Montana Tuba and Euphonium Choir as part of their programing for their performance at the 2019 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Iowa City, IA in May of that year. The music is a modern, yet mischievous mashup of 8 references to well known children’s songs - in keeping with that conference’s “Young At Heart Theme. The tunes are separated by connective material meant to provide cohesion to the composition. Each tune iteration has its own unique style and all of them except for The Muffin Man and the cadenza rendering of the “Villa Borghese” should have a sense of high energy regardless of dynamic. Their order of their appearance is as follows: 1) Mary Had a Little Lamb - in hot swing style (with the low tubas serving as percussionists with hi-hat special effects (beat-boxing the vocals into the tuba while crisply slapping the lower right side of the instrument) 2) Camptown Races - partially set as a 3 against 2 hemiola. 3) Nick Nack Paddywack (also known as This Old Man) - set as a brief march. 4) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - briefly set in the Lydian mode. 5) Children’s theme from I. Villa Borghese of Respighi’s Pines of Rome - set as a cadenza answer to the euphonium cadenza which precedes it. 6) The Muffin Man - harmonized in barbershop quartet (in this case octet!) style. 7) Row, Row Row Your Boat - set in a polyharmonic march style. 8) Mary Had a Little Lamb - recapitulation as in the beginning with more intensity.
Benedict Kirby has been writing music, performing (as a tubist) and educating low brass instrumentalists for more than 30 years in the midwest and northwest United States. He currently instructs the students of the tuba and euphonium studio of the University of Montana School of Music. He also directs UM’s Tuba & Euphonium Choir - a group which he founded in 2012 which has performed at the last two instances of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) sponsored by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA). His former teachers include Ross Tolbert (Minnesota Orchestra), John Stevens (UW-Madison) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony). His composition teachers include Frank Bencriscutto and Dominick Argento. He performs professionally with several of Montana’s Symphony Orchestras and has been a featured soloist with both the Glacier and Missoula Symphonies. He is active as a commissioned/published composer with several works for concert band, brass choir, tuba/euphonium choir as well as music for solo tuba and large ensemble (orchestra/band). His composition titled “Dark Matter, Petite Concertante for Tuba and Orchestra/Band/Piano Reduction was selected as the winning composition for the the 2015 U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba and Euphonium Workshop. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Missoula, Montana.
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