for solo vibraphone
Bar Hopping was commissioned by the Composers Guild of New Jersey. It is a short scherzando movement for solo vibraphone based on an irregular pattern of slowly chiming intervals. At the beginning, and occasionally later on, these intervals are heard by themselves, but for the most part they are woven into a variety of more elaborate textures, all based on a family of voicings of a single seven-note chord. Although the form of the piece is quite free, in its broadest outlines it moves from a slow introduction to a fast opening section, a central slow movement, and a lively conclusion. Bar Hopping is dedicated to Peter Jarvis who organized the commission, engraved the score, and made a number of helpful suggestions about vibraphone notation.
premiere: April 21, 2001, Weill Recital Hall, New York, NY, Friends & Enemies of New Music, Tom Kolor