Tough Turkey in the Big City
About this work:
With the feel of an old-time radio story, “Tough Turkey in the Big City” follows the comic blunders of Tom Turkey who leaves the farm to try his luck in the big city. Tom’s misadventures include a close call with a chef, a rough visit to the Turkey Club, a brief romance with a pigeon, and a happy mix-up at the Thanksgiving’s Day Parade. When he returns to the farm, his old friends don’t quite believe his story, but do we? Tom is portrayed by the bass trombone. The other instruments each play several parts in this fun cast of characters. The music of the farm is a swinging barnyard counterpoint, while the music of the city recalls the smoky jazz of film noire. There’s even a little Latin influence at the Turkey Club.
Year composed: 2001
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 6-9 players
Instrumentation: 1 Clarinet, 1 Trumpet, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Percussion (General), 1 Piano, 1 Narrator