George Kleinsinger ( 1914 – 1982) was an American composer from San Bernardino, California, best known for his collaboration with Paul Tripp on the 1940s children’s classical-music piece “Tubby the Tuba”. He also wrote the music for the phonograph record Archy & Mehitabel and the Broadway musical based on the record Shinbone Alley. For the last 25 years of his life, he was a resident at New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel.
After a performance, George Kleinsinger and his partner, Paul Tripp thanked musicians for playing. The tuba player said to them, “You know, tubas can sing too!”
That night, Paul Tripp wrote a story about how a tuba found a melody to play and he asked George to put the story to music.
Tubby the Tuba has been translated into more than 30 languages and was enshrined in the Library of Congress’ National Recording
Registry as one of the landmarks in American audio history in 2006.
Featured Instrument: Tuba
- The tuba is an instrument in the brass family.
- Brass instruments are made of brass and have a vibrating metal tube, usually coiled, and a cup-shaped mouthpiece.
- Members of the brass family make their sound by buzzing their lips into a mouthpiece. This sends air throughout the long tube.
- Tuba players can change the length of their tube by pressing valves which open or shut sections of the instrument to make it longer or shorter.
- The tuba is the largest and lowest sounding brass instrument.
- It was not invented until the 1800s, so it is one of the newest instruments in the orchestra.