Interesting. How much of it comes down to instrumentation? Are there warm, plaintive scores that sound wintry, summery, or spring-like to you?
I can only speak for myself but it might in part be about instrumentation but on the other hand I know very similar scores in style and in instrumentation that say completely different things to me, seasonally speaking. Good example is The Village
by JNH which sounds like autumn to me, perhaps due to the setting of the film but also because of the mood of the score, which I actually heard first and thought of autumn, the feel the film just enhanced later on when I saw it. Then again Christopher Young's score for Creation
, very similar in tone and instrumentation sounds winter to me.
Good example of a warm, plaintive score from JWs ouvre that sounds like spring/summer to me is the above mentioned Stanley & Iris.
I am sure there is some kind of musical memory trace in all of this, the layers of meaning and time and place becoming all meshed into a feeling that music somehow is attached to the feel of a particular season. Maybe you played this particular track or score during autumn or spring, perhaps the tone of it all has the feel of that season in your mind, could be that the color of the music reminds you of a season. It is difficult to quite put your finger on why exactly some music sounds like spring or winter or summer or autumn.
Could be that the damn nostalgia has also something to do with it.
Ars superior est vita hominum.
"We pop out and come into the world and music is there. We didn't invent it - it's all organised in the atmosphere by divinity or whatever. It's a miracle." - John Williams-
I think music is a stream of some kind. It could be blood. It could be water. It could be ether. Whatever it is it seems to be a living, organic force that’s in motion, that serves humanity and is part of humanity and part of what describes us as humans. We sing, play, dance, all the things that we do. And there is a vibrant and great literature we have been given. ... As musicians, we join the stream. We swim in the stream with all the other millions of music makers. It’s a life force, a strong one, surrounding us and we are part of it. -John Williams-