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Odd Bedfellows for Flute and Tuba (or Bassoon) [Playing score]

  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“It's all in the title!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

There are not so many pieces in the repertoire for flute and tuba so sadly Odd Bedfellows will have a limited number of performance opportunities. This is another gem from Gary Schocker though and if you do happen across a tuba player with nothing much to do, mastering this piece would be a great way to spend time together. It's a workout for both players. Tuba stereo-types are mostly avoided, although Under the Big Top inevitably has a more traditional look to it. Some of the bass part looks like it was written for a flute, with grace notes, running passagework and the use of colourful melody contributing to the varying textures used over the course of each movement. You could perform it with a bassoon but it wouldn't be half so much fun - it's all in the title!

From the Publisher

Composed for the unusual combination of Flute and Tuba, Odd Bedfellows may also be performed with Bassoon. Movement 1 is titled “At the Hippo Watering Hole,” and is full of scenic imagery. The beautiful Movement 2 takes place “Among the Pine Barrens” and features tuneful Tuba writing in its tenor register from middle C up to G. The playful Movement 3 is a game “In and Out the Window,” leading to Movement 4 “Under the Big Top.”

Performance duration (approx): 7'00"

Difficulty guide: 8-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • At the Hippo Watering Hole
  • Among the Pine Barrens
  • In and Out the Window
  • Under the Big Top

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Tuba or Bassoon
Category: Music for Flute and Brass
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Publisher's reference: 114-41868
Our Stock Code: 1441406
Media Type: Paperback - Playing score (7 pages [score])