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Frosty Wheel (theme)

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Frosty Wheel
Sample of "Frosty Wheel" from Kirby's Epic Yarn.
Debut appearance Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)
Last appearance Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (2019)
Composer(s) Tomoya Tomita[1]
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"Frosty Wheel", named "Theme from Frosty Wheel" in the British English version, is a theme from Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn that plays in the stage with the same name. It was composed by Tomoya Tomita.[1]


Kirby balances on a frosty ferris wheel.

"Frosty Wheel" is a placid theme in C major anf 4/4 played by a solo piano with heavy use of the sustain pedal. It has a narrow range, rarely exceeding two octaves at a time. It has a short intro that sets the rhythmical and harmonic pattern: five notes forming a plagal cadence and a pause. This pattern persists as the melody joins: a descending C major scale not unlike the one from "Snow Land", followed by two rising scale fragments: C major from a D followed by E-flat major. The melody repeats and sees an authentic resolution. The first section plays again an octave lower. The pace slows down as the original pattern ceases, replaced by a plain tonic-dominant support. Here, the melody remains in the dominant function and reaches its highest point. Then, coming in at a lower register, remnants of the original rhythmical pattern returns. The phrases end in C major 7th chords as they eventually lead back to higher registers. At its lyrical peak, phrases akin to "Cozy Cabin"'s second section play out, blurring the line between major and minor with sevenths. This final section ends with double dominant and a suspense. The track loops from the beginning.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゆきのかんらんしゃ
Yuki no kanransha
Snowy Ferris wheel
Canadian French Dégringolade glacée Icy tumble
European French Manège enneigé Snowy carousel
German Eisrad Ice wheel
Italian Ruote glaciali Glacial Wheels
Korean 스노 관람차
seuno gwanlamcha
Snow Ferris wheel
Latin American Spanish Rueda glacial Glacial wheel
European Spanish Noria Témpano Ice Ferris Wheel