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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 5, February 4, 2007, Article 17

DAVID TRIPP'S NON-NUMISMATIC PROJECTS

David Tripp's been busy in other areas this past year.  He writes:
"I'm working on a couple of other projects.  But last year was
largely consumed by a very non-numismatic (but close-to-the-heart)
project: 'Tubby the Tuba' which my father wrote (and which put me
through college! [it sold some 13 million records]).

"My sister and I have longed to get it to a new generation of kids,
and last October Dutton published it in book-form (with a CD in the
back of one of my father's narrations).  The new illustrations (by
Henry Cole) are wonderful, and we hope it will get parents to
educate their kids about classical music!

"Tubby was originally conceived by my father as an orchestral story
(my dad created it and wrote the story) and the music was composed
by George Kleinsinger.  And so, in addition to the Dutton book, we
wanted to get a new CD out there as well.

"We were very lucky in this regard, and Meredith Vieira (of the TODAY
show) narrated the original Tubby and also one of Tubby's other
adventures (Tubby Meets a Jazz Band).  She did wonderful work.  (I
ended up as co-producer on the album...there's a new one!), and it
also came out in October (Koch Records).

"So if any of our numismatic brethren have children, they can also
go to TubbytheTuba.com, for more information.

"(As it happens I also performed Tubby late last year in Boston,
and was accompanied by [among others] the Tuba player for the
Boston Symphony!...He is brilliant!)."

[The following in from the 'Tubby the Tuba' Web site. -Editor]

"In 1941, one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor, following the
performance of Paul Tripp and George Kleinsingerís first musical
piece, Tripp and Kleinsinger thanked the musicians, including the
tuba player, who said: 'You know, tubas can sing too.' That very
night Paul Tripp wrote a story about how a tuba found a melody to
play, and later he and George Kleinsinger translated the story into
music. But it wasnít until after World War II that Tubby was finally
shared with the world and BECAME an instant hit!

"Tubby has been translated into more than 30 languages, played by
every major orchestra in the world, used as a clue in The New York
Times crosswords, made into two films, and narrated by a galaxy of
stars, including Meredith Vieira of the Today Show. In 2006 Tubby
the Tuba was enshrined in the Library of Congressí National
Recording Registry as one of the landmarks in American audio
history."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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