James L. King III’s Coming Home is an emotionally lyrical and sentimental piece that captures the moment when two loved ones who have been separated reunite. This piece is excellent for studying proper rubato. While the piece is in sonata form, the recapitulation is played an octave higher. Students will work on pedal technique to connect and smooth the music.
Key: G major
Mood: sentimental, sweet, delicate, emotional
Pedagogy: dynamic shading, connecting pedal, expressive rubato execution, 8va octave markings, dotted quarter-eighth note rhythms, sonata form