Coming Home

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Nathan Daughtrey

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: 00:09:00
Difficulty: Intermediate
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: $36.00


Fear & Anxiety
Courage & Strength
Peace, Acceptance & Hope





Player 1: Glockenspiel & Crotales
Player 2: Vibraphone
Player 3: Chimes
Player 4: Marimba
Player 5: Timpani & Bass Drum & Wind Chimes & Suspended Cymbal

Program Notes

Originally commissioned by euphonium player Christian Folk for euphonium and piano, Coming Home takes its title from the hymn “Lord, I’m Coming Home” by William Kirkpatrick – a favorite of his grandmother, Virginia Busbee. Melodic motives from the hymn can be found throughout the piece, with one full statement toward the end.

The work divides into three major sections:
Fear & Anxiety: The unaccompanied euphonium at the beginning poignantly captures the feeling of being lost and alone. Even with the sparse interjections of the percussion ensemble, those anxious feelings are still difficult to overcome. As this section unfolds, there is a sense coming to a climax, but the music quickly dies back down, smoothly transitioning into the next section.

Courage & Strength: Climbing fifths and quartal harmonies characterize this section, combined with a stronger statement of the thematic material from the opening of the piece. A grandiose climax is achieved before moving into the final section of the piece.

Peace, Acceptance & Hope: Ascending figures in the vibraphone create an ethereal backdrop for the only full statement of the hymn. Christian’s grandmother’s name, Virginia, is uttered as a serial musical figure in the orchestra bells. This figure eventually becomes a music box-like accompaniment tinkering in the bells and vibraphone. Motives from the opening ensemble statements, combined with the falling-third “Coming Home” motive, help bring the work to a peaceful conclusion.




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