Lighthouse by Jesse Monkman is a dreamy and delicate piece for solo vibraphone. Based on the magical chords of the “Tarnhelm” theme from Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the piece creates a lulling and mesmerizing effect on the listener.
Because the music is reflective and quaint, it requires a light touch and should be approached with sensitivity. The musical material features a consistent eighth-note pulse that wanders through different meter changes with moments of space interspersed throughout. Much of what makes Monkman’s other solo music popular is at play here. This solo is perfect for an intimate concert setting!