Tubby the Tuba, Shinbone Alley
George Kleinsinger was an American composer and conductor from San Bernardino, California. He studied music at the Juilliard School in New York and was a music director for Civilian Conservation Corps camps. During World War II he was music supervisor for the U. S. Army‚Äôs 2nd Service Command. His Broadway stage scores include ‚ÄúShinbone Alley,‚ÄĚ and his television scores include ‚ÄúGreece ‚Äď The Golden Age‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúJohn Brown‚Äôs Body‚ÄĚ.
He lived for much of his life in Manhattan‚Äôs famous Chelsea Hotel, with a forest of plants, flying birds, exotic fish (including piranha), a tarantula and even a giant snake! One day a tuba player came up to him and said ‚ÄúMr. Kleinsinger, nobody‚Äôs ever written a concerto for a tuba.‚ÄĚ He was touched by the idea of this highly trained musician who only played harmony, and so he wrote ‚ÄúTubby the Tuba‚ÄĚ with his friend and lyricist Paul Tripp. ‚ÄúTubby the Tuba‚ÄĚ quickly became what is probably the most well-known children‚Äôs symphonic work after Sergei Prokofiev‚Äôs ‚ÄúPeter and the Wolf.‚ÄĚ