Melting of the Winter's Snow


Melting of the Winter's Snow


Stamp, Jack

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

Soprano Feature

A stark opening by 5 brake drums in “surround sound” sets the tone for this piece for soprano and wind ensemble. Melting of the Winter’s Snow is dramatic and cold but becomes increasingly warm as the piece moves forward and ends with a majestic fanfare.

Program Notes

Based on text by Catherine Boyles, Melting of the Winter’s Snow is a piece for soprano and wind ensemble.

The cold of December is bitter.
The forest is silenced by ice.
The trees stand with black twisted branches,
alone under frozen gray skies.
Thoughts of warm gentle rain in the summer
and wonders our hands can't slow
like time the moon and starlight
and the melting of the winter’s snow.

Grade Level: 4
Copyright: 1999
Number of Players: Standard + 1
Duration: 7:50

Listen to Recordings

Sample PDF

  • melting-score.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    Bassoon 1/2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2/3
    Bass Clarinet
    Contrabass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2/3
    Horns 1/2
    Trombone 1/2
    Trombone 3

    Timpani (suspended cymbal, wind chimes)
    Percussion 1 (brake drum, bells, guiro)
    Percussion 2 (brake drum, bell tree, tam-tam, triangle, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals)
    Percussion 3 (brake drum, vibraphone, claves)
    Percussion 4 (brake drum, chimes, finger cymbals, wind chimes)