The impressionist era’s finest composers used a number of unique composition techniques to create their beautiful atmospheric effects. This style-piece by James L. King III uses extensive modulation to create its wandering sound. Vaguely reminiscent of Debussy’s Arabesque No.1, this piece moves around through many key centers. It’s lush and beautiful and you’ll get requests from students to play this piece after they hear it in a recital!
Key: multiple keys (no key signature marked)
Mood: meandering, nomadic, soothing
Pedagogy: dynamics, pedaling, fingering, modulations, rubato