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Tales for Vibraphone Vol. 2: Christmas


Title: Tales for Vibraphone Vol. 2 
: Various
Instrument: solo vibraphone + mallet duo
Genre: classical
Year of publication: 2012
Duration:15 min.

Tales for Vibraphone Vol. 2

Christmas Edition 

Review (Percussive Notes, May 2014)

Within the arena of solo vibraphone music, Max Leth is a gifted composer and arranger. Evidence of Leth’s skills can be found in his first volume of vibraphone solos, which include jazz standards (“Tea for Two”) along with landmark songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Any YouTube search for Leth’s name will provide evidence of the quality and popularity of his arrangements. With this second volume of standards, Leth maintains his tradition of tastefulness and effectiveness by artfully choosing notes and chords that lend uniqueness to the arrangements while respectfully remaining true to the original tunes. 

Every arrangement in this collection is simply brilliant! With a deep background as a jazz pianist, Leth’s arrangements are thick with nonā€chord tones, passing tones, and melodic embellishments, all the while sounding pure and clear. Without any chord symbols included, younger vibraphonists might get overwhelmed by not seeing the big picture behind the note choices. However, that should not deter anyone from diving into these gems. Leth delivers the goods; consider sharing them with an audience near you.

—Joshua D. Smith

White Christmas, for solo vibraphone 
Autumn in New York, for solo vibraphone 
Stella by Starlight, for solo vibraphone 
White Christmas and Jingle Bells, for mallet duo

Max Seide Leth

Max Seide Leth was born into a musical family in 1921. In 1938, Max entered The Royal Danish Academy of music as a pianist and consequently earned his Soloist's Diploma.

In the years to follow, he played with numerous well-known artists from Denmark and elsewhere, and he established a name for himself in the jazz world. In addition, he appeared frequently in numerous Radio & TV programs for a period of more than 15 years. Max Seide Leth's life was changed forever one evening at a job where the venue had no piano for him to play. They offered him an old Vibraphone instead. Max was not comfortable with this, but after some deliberation he decided to perform the concert on the Vibraphone – with success!

As time went on, he developed his own special way of learning the  instrument, and became so taken with it that he often chose the Vibraphone over the piano for his performances. This led to a position as percussion teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music from 1984 to 1993.

Max Seide Leth is also recognised as a composer and as a brilliant arranger. His arrangements have been performed all over the world by some of the best percussionists.

"Tales for Vibraphone Vol. 2" is the second edition of a larger collection, published by Edition Svitzer, which contains arrangements for Vibraphone and mallet duo.


Front cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Editor: Henrik Cornelius Hansen
Translation: James Howard Young
Engraving: Johan Svitzer
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
Copyright © Edition Svitzer

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Additional Information

Stock Code MP460.3VAR-TAL2
Composer Various