Another rush job, even with the deadline extension: we are such busy people! Truth be told, if not for Barieuph generously extending the deadline, I might have had to withdraw from the contest, thanks to a reserve military training call-up earlier in December.
Scored for strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn plus a supporting battery of celesta, vibraphone, piano and harp, all four of which have similar yet different timbres. See if you can tell which is which!
The remix is divided into three broad sections which correspond to the paragraphs in the poem:
The first section opens with the Rydia theme in the solo oboe, describing the landscape of the early spring. The tinkling sounds of the celesta somewhat represent the snowman.
The second section (1'46") introduces Cecil and Rosa's love theme for the first time in the solo flute, representing the robin. This whole section is much darker and more melancholic as the bird prophecies that the snowman will not live to see July. The melodies of this whole section are led by the flute.
The third section (3'24") sees the snowman deliberating, and finally deciding to confront the sun. (Listen out for an Easter Egg somewhere in this section - an allusion to a theme which appears in more than one Final Fantasy game.) The ending of the piece leaves no doubt as to whether our brave snowman ever, if he never, if he ever saw July.
Written using Sibelius 4. Rendered using Audacity. Special thanks to Natalie again for her advice in choosing poems AND her constant moral support and encouragement when I was feeling down or down with writer's block.