The short Waltz for Mippy III belongs to a series of brass works composed around 1948 and entitled For My Brother Burtie (the composer’s brother Burton Bernstein). The pieces in this cycle are tributes to domestic animals: Bima (for brass quartet), Lifey (for trumpet), Mippy I (for horn), Mippy II (for trombone) and Mippy III (for tuba). The three ‘Mippys’ were dogs owned by the composer’s younger brother. Aware of the tuba’s capabilities but also of its limitations, Bernstein here presents the instrument in a more romantic vein, with the comment: ‘As gracefully as possible under the circumstances’. With his customary rhythmic skill, Bernstein passes from a 3/4-rhythm to a central section in 5/4 before returning to the opening waltz time.