By far, the most swinging and eclectic piece of the concert is Taking Candy from a Baby. While the title itself may give some pause, the story behind this piece is just as crazy!
I had been given an assignment to come up with a trio for Cello, Horn, and Oboe in the Lydian mode. In true college student fashion, I waited until the last the night before it was due to begin working on it. By 2:00am I was stumped, but kept having this melody running through my head. In my mind, I pictured a funny cartoon of a thief stealing candy from a baby only to be nabbed by the police after a crazy chase —and thus the song was born.
The song waited until this past semester before I had a chance to work on it. I had just been introduced to the world of Jazz music (which I fell in love with) and decided to incorporate many styles including Rag Time, Brazilian Samba, Boogie Woogie, Cool Jazz, Nursery Rhyme, and Fugue.
I hope you will enjoy this fun piece written in true Looney Tunes style!