Updated: Aug 19, 2019
This is the opening to my piece Chasing Windmills for solo Vibraphone.
I started playing Vibes in 1976.
There was very little published music for the instrument at that time.
Even fewer teachers.
For an instrument developed in the 1930's - that makes sense.
Technique books by Ron Delp and Gary Burton and the Goldstein book of scales were what I learned from.
Bill Molenhof's Music of the Day for solo vibes was soon to be new in 1978,
and revolutionary in the technique he imparted on each of his compositions.
I was attracted to that, and after learning that whole book, I started composing for the instrument myself. I published this in 1997 and the whole piece is about 8 minutes long. There's all kinds of techniques I use - mallet independence, dampening and pedaling. Compositionally it moves through 3 different sections.
It's one of my favorite pieces to teach to students.