Intrada for Joey, for horn and tuba
by Gina Gillie
Intrada for Joey was commissioned in 2021 by Amy Laursen and Todd Cranson for their horn and tuba duo. They requested a “concert opener” that would be an inviting and energized work with which to begin programs. The music invites the listener into a concert experience through two different main ideas: fanfare-like jumps of a perfect fourth, and a sillier, fun tune. True to the composer’s style, the instruments frequently trade-off between melody and counterpoint. After hearing the initial draft, Amy and Todd remarked that it reminded them of their fun-loving dog, Joey, and requested that the piece be named in his honor.