Eskimo Bob Overture by Eric Turnnessen

Eskimo Bob Overture

Duration: 6' 26"

Composed: December 2001

Dominic Sewell, orchestrator

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2 Flutes (2nd doubling Piccolo)

2 Oboes

3 Bb Clarinets

2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F

3 Trumpets in Bb

2 Trombones

Bass Trombone



Percussion (3 players) (Sus. Cymb., Snare Drum, Mark Tree, Cymbals,Triangle, Xylophone, Bass Drum, Castanets,Tam-tam)



Violin I (10)

Violin II (8)

Viola (8)

Cello (6)

Contrabass (4)

Composition Notes

This piece was inspired by a web cartoon I was watching in college called Eskimo Bob. I thought it would be a fun project to take the theme song from the show and transform it into an orchestral piece. After I completed the piece I shared it with the creators of the show and they were inspired to create a whole show around the piece.

Performance Video

Melvin Tay, conductor
First performed on May 27, 2023 by the Northern Film Orchestra

"Fly on the Wall" of the Recording Session

This video offers a "fly on the wall" perspective of the 1 hour recording session. In this session we witness how the conductor works with 60+ musicians to record this piece of music they've never seen before from start to finish.

Music to Picture

When I sent my completed piece to the creators of the cartoon they ended up creating a whole cartoon around the piece.

Original Mockup

Here's the original mockup I created using synthesized instruments back in 2001.