‘Suffocation’ is an original solo piano piece, composed in memory of my cousin Guy Naziri who died in a motorcycle crash six years ago at the age of 21. It describes the feeling of suffocation that his family felt, and possibly still feels, about his untimely death.
In this composition, I have aimed to create a lament based on inspiration from Chopin’s ‘Prelude in E minor’ and contemporary percussion ensemble music. I wrote this piece at a time when I felt suffocated, alone without friends and family.
Through the sombre funeral march, Chopin’s prelude was a large subconscious force to my composition, inspiring me to continue a constant bass chord pulse underneath the exposed right hand piano melody. I was influenced by contemporary percussion ensemble composition techniques, i.e. the layering of textures to create a theme that was aurally entertaining. I have displayed this through the layering of triple and duple rhythms. This piece is written for solo piano to reflect the title; the exposed melody line enhances the solitary feeling.
I would like for ‘Suffocation’ to be accepted as an emotional piece with power beyond measure. My piece is a strong force that should be believed and experienced. I would like the rest of the world to understand this as well.