In this arrangement Harp 1 plays the melody for Home Sweet Home and Harps 2 and 3 share the melody for Love at Home. Arpeggio patterns in each part make a lovely accompaniment. Love at Home is a beloved American hymn. The composer, John Hugh McNaughton, was born in Caledonia, New York, where there is a monument that stands in his honor for his contribu-tions to principles and truth. Sir Henry Bishop’s Home Sweet Home has a long and famous career since it was first sung in England in 1823. In America it became very popular during the Civil War. It has also been used in cinema. For instance, in The Wizard of Oz the melody is played in counter-point to Over the Rainbow in the final scene as Dorothy tells her family, “There is no place like home.” Performance time for Returning Home is three and a half minutes.
The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp, Second Harp, and Third Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the three parts together.