Ian Stewart


Folk-songs: New Orleans

Saxophone ensemble (ss aaa t bb) : Piano
(15 minutes)

1. Eh! La-Bas! (Traditional)
2. When the Saints Go Marching In (Traditional), interpolated with St. James Infirmary (Traditional)
3. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (Traditional)

First public performance: 4th July, 2022
Concert Hall - Royal College of Music, London

RCM Saxophone Ensemble - director Kyle Horch

This work is based on four traditional New Orleans' folk-songs, ranging from straight jazz arrangements to extended development of motifs from the original melodies. The style is inspired by Third Stream compositions, which I have always liked, and contains references to the arranging style of some well-known recordings.
These songs are traditional and part of New Orleans' musical heritage. Unfortunately it has to be noted that sometimes people have claimed credit, and copyright, to these songs. This is wrong and misleading but not uncommon in the world of commercial music recording and publishing.