Melting into Spring composed by Eric Turnnessen

Melting into Spring

Duration: 3' 30"

Composed: February 2019

Nicolò Braghiroli, orchestrator

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2 Flutes (2nd doubles piccolo)

2 Oboes

2 Bb Clarinets

2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F

3 Trumpets in Bb

2 Trombones

Bass Trombone



Percussion (3 players)



Violin I (10)

Violin II (8)

Viola (6)

Cello (6)

Contrabass (3)

Composition Notes

I have always been passionate about music, yet as someone who had never received formal piano lessons my abilities of what I can play are limited. When I was in high school I composed this as a solo piano piece, which I would often play whenever there was a piano in the vicinity. When I was living in Santa Fe, NM in 2019, I was inspired to transform this song by adding orchestral accompaniment to it.

Performance Video

Melvin Tay, conductor

First performed on July 25, 2022 by the Northern Film Orchestra

Playing Piano with the Orchestra

After the initial session was done, I decided to seize a unique opportunity and jumped up on stage to play piano with the orchestra. It was an incredible experience for me, yet I wasn't prepared for the intense rush of adrenaline that took over my body. Despite having played this piece hundreds of times before, my heart was beating so fast that I kept messing up the notes. Even though it was nerve-wracking, I'm proud of myself for having the courage to take part in that moment and it gave me newfound respect for all the talented musicians in the orchestra.

Original Mockup

Here's the original mockup of this piece I made back in 2019.