For solo bass trombone in B flat and piano. Commissioned by The Brass Band Association of New Zealand for use as a test piece at the National Brass Band Championships of New Zealand ‘Champion Brass’, Wellington April 2017.
Crack was written for 2017 New Zealand Brass Band Championships Open Bass Trombone solo contest. There's no large story behind the piece, it's simply an attempt at a bass trombone solo that shows off the capabilities of such a powerful instrument. "Crack" may refer to the crackly sound associated with the instrument, or maybe the crack in the traditional style of Open Bass Trombone solos with a piece that is, at times, dark & light or beautiful & downright ugly. Or perhaps it will stir thoughts in the audience of what the composer must be smoking to come up with something like this...