King Tut is a fun piece, reminiscent of mummies, pyramids, and hidden treasures. The atmosphere is created by the mysterious-sounding scale patterns, some with minor thirds and raised fourths, others with lowered seconds and major thirds. These create a unique mood, though some students may need assistance in figuring out the numerous accidentals. A few tricky ties and changes in clefs also should be noted. Sudden dynamic shifts add to the slightly ominous character.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow