Intrepideedoodah was commissioned by the wonderful SymbiosisDuo of Gail Robertson and Stacy Baker and was premiered at the 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University. It is recorded on the SymbiosisDuo “Playground” CD. Trumpet and Piano (and optional Drums) are added to the Tuba and Euphonium of the group to give it more color and textures. The Euphonium part can optionally be played on Trombone. Much of the work is written like a jazz ensemble piece with themes over harmonic changes with development and written or improvised solos. 6/4 is the predominant meter. I love to write in this meter because of all the rhythmic permutations. It freely goes back and forth between 6/4/ and 12/8. But any groups of 2, 3, 4 or 6 can be used in hemiola fashion. After a rousing intro the main theme is played in the Trumpet over Piano chords with Euphonium and Tuba counter melodies. Then the Euphonium (Trombone) has an improvised solo over modal changes in the piano. A tutti interlude is followed by written Trumpet and Tuba solos. The theme (head) returns and the piece ends with a fast coda featuring short solos by all and a splashy ending. Intrepideedoodah is a high energy jazzy romp. (one movement-7 minutes). The title is another one of my silly puns.
Parts Included: Trumpet, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Drum Set