This original work by Zack was the winner of the 2012 Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest.
It is a 4 movement piece that evokes different aspects of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The opening movement,
"As the Morning Fog Lifts", is a gentle, somewhat French-modern statement and introduces several themes which work their
way throughout the composition. "Ol' Levee Stomp", the second movement, is a saucy blues inspired by the playing
of Louis Armstrong. The trombone also is heavily featured. The third movement, "Voodoo Dance", is a very
Twentieth-century modern construction piece with an urgent eighth note line that pulsates to the climax. "Funeral
Function" is the last movement and wraps up the piece the way all things are concluded in New Orleans -- with a parade
and an "Amen". Total running time for the work is about 9 minutes.
(A brass quintet version is also available.)
Includes French horn substitute part for alto sax.
Listen to a recording of
Movement 1: "As the Morning Fog Lifts"
Movement 2: "Ol' Levee Stomp"
Movement 3: "Voodoo Dance"
Movement 4: "Funeral Function"