The Bug 'n' Bear Suite is the most unabashedly
autobiographical work in David DeBoor Canfield's entire
compositional output. The title derives from the pet names
that the composer and his wife call each other (she is the
"Bug," he the "Bear".)
Movement 1, "Fanfare," is based entirely on the notes
drawn from the initials of Carole Ann Carpenter and
David Ellis Canfield (the birth name of the composer).
Movement 2, "Bug 'n' Bear Song," is based on a ditty that
Canfield and his wife used to (and occasionally still do)
sing to each other. The tune was composd spontaneously
by the two of them, singing its phrases in alternation to
Movement 3, "Turnin' 40 Ain't So Bad," is a somber
movement, as if to belie its title. The music is based on a
Christmas carol, What Do We Celebrate, that Canfield
had written shortly before.
The final movement, "Music for a Nuptial Day," is a lively
and vigorous work, the longest of the suite, and
incorporates the ubiquitous wedding tunes of Wagner
and Mendelssohn in humorous ways throughout.
The work is scored for a brass quintet of 2 trumpets,
horn, trombone, and tuba. Total duration: 10.5 minutes.