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“C MAJOR FERMATA”

In News on July 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

A piano piece written by Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele, recorded on the 23rd day of June, 2011.

The inception of this piano piece began on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2009. Hikele sat down at the piano for two hours and within minutes he found himself playing the motif for the piece in C major, automatically drawn in to the romanticism of the right handed melody, sounding like a bell or a quiet alarm. He formed the two structures of the piece that day before going out to celebrate the New Year of 2010 and then continued to craft the piece and its enchanting and melancholy sound throughout the following year. Hikele arranged the minor variations in notes and melody used through the refrain of the motif, incorporating harmonic dissonance to make the chemistry of the left and right hand interesting and intriguing. He then took the piece into an uplifting key change, which reverts back to a stormy resolution in the original key. When Kaleb had experienced a death in the family in the summer of 2010, all the sudden he felt that the piece was finished in the state it was in at that time. The most important part of the performance of this song is that after the A minor sequence repeats and descends in octaves four times at the end of the piece, the finalizing C major chord is to be held as long as the piano can naturally resonate on its own wavelength with the sustain pedal suppressed. Therefore, the C Major fermata ends the piece, providing a natural decrescendo to the listener which gives them a long and settling time to think of a lost loved one, as Kaleb will always feel and think while experiencing the piece…

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