A challenging arrangement of the old traditional tune, including a section which shows off the performer's improvisatory skills, this one is sure to be a favorite with performers and audience alike. (Piper's concert performances of "Amazing Grace" have unfailingly brought down the house!)
Baroque in Swing is another of the popular "Seven Songs for Vibraphone" performed and recorded by John Mark Piper. With its bouncy intro and rapid patters of rapid 16ths, this piece is a challenge and an opportunity for serious vibraphonists to display their skills.
More reflective in character than 'Baroque in Swing', 'Dreams' asks the vibraphonist to shape flowing melodic lines through subtle dynamic variations. Dampening skills are essential! As with all the "Seven Songs," the vibraphonist is also given the opportunity to improvise. May be performed as a solo or with rhythm section.
This is an exciting composition for vibraphone- one that would make an excellent choice for a senior recital. The piece may be played in its entirety, but the composer also gives recommended combinations of movements to be played if the performer chooses.