The word amaranthine is used to mean something continual and lasting, as it is associated with the mythical eternal flower. The name is also used for a group of real-world purple-red flowers used for culinary and decorative purposes. James L. King III’s minimalist piece captures a serene, ethereal, and dreamy character. The right hand is always in D 5-finger position. The left hand moves in a consistent 5ths pattern. Easy to learn, this piece will be a great “rescue” or “emergency” recital piece that can be prepared quickly.
Key: D major
Mood: calm, moving, dreamy
Pedagogy: fifths, minimalism, repeats, D.C., 1st and 2nd endings.