After reading through the orchestration principles I thought I could try to orchestrate a fairly unknown melody I love. It's called "Lilium" and it's from anime Elfen Lied.
Here is the original, with vocals - originally orchestrated as the intro music for the movie, with piano and strings.
There was also a version played by a music box, giving the clear melody, which I played on piano by myself:
I found it extremely difficult, somehow. I am not a music major, nor I posess enough theory to do harmonisation correctly. I thought of many ideas, but each of them failed, sounding either funny, or cheerful, whereas the melody is sad and moving. Of course, most of my tries just sounded awful and inconsistent. I wandered through melody in woodwinds, and melody in strings, but it all wasn't allright.
I thought I may post the melody here for other forum members, maybe one of you will also fall in love with the melody and come up with ideas for beautiful sounding orchestration? Please tread that post as a suggestion for free time - if you have no idea what to orchestrate, maybe you have now? It's not a request by all means - it's just I am curious what ideas for harmony and orchestral parts could be incorporated to make a full orchestra project true sorrow and grief through this melody.
For all interested, sheet music can be found here http://ichigos.com/sheets/e under Elfen Lied section, it's the Music Box version transcribed by Ryusei.
Best wishes for beginning spring to you all!