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Sometimes there are projects that take a little eternity. They'll get started, dropped and picked up again in a frequent manner and the as time passes by, you'll start to doubt that they're ever completed.

Dreams of Flight is a piece that I started thinking about in 2008, I wanted to challenge myself writing a Symphony piece of extraordinary proportions containing powerful themes and clever orchestration, all packed into a Hollywood worthy production. The subject was storytelling through music, something my few listeners always highlighted in my arrangements. Filmmusic needs to tell a story after all, otherwise it could just be described as background music. I started this piece with a piano suite and wrote the first themes in 2009, when I started writing this piece in 2010 I started to work on a feature film, marking my entrance into the commercial world of scoring. Due to these forthcoming commercial project the progress of this piece started to become negligible, there were times where I laid it down for half a year, picked it up again only to drop it again one week later. Luckily my experience and technical possibilities have evolved greatly during that time which enabled me to lift the quality of this track into new heigths. However, getting back into the piece after half a year wasn't easy sometimes and often left me with a headache.

The piece is portraying all sorts of excitements one could get from orchestral music. You'll spot some obvious influences like Powell's Dragon score as well as nods towards Zimmer and Alan Menken which have always been my favorites. However, with this piece I was aiming for a signature sound, with thematic quality high enough that one could easily mistake it for a suite to an animated movie. This piece was supposed to be used for my application at Berklee, but knowing what they charge composers I'm currently rather doubtful that I'll make an entrance there, it's just too expensive.

Dreams of Flight contains 4 movements, similar to a symphony but not following the rules excactly. So I want to use this term with caution.


1. Once upon a Nighttime

The piece makes a calm start with woodwind solos and light orchestration. This part was inspired by Irish Folk music, putting a strong storytelling aspect into the piece. It ends with a buildup that hints at the main theme.

2. Building upon Dreams

A typical montage arrangement introducing the main theme and its continuation. The second part was obviously influenced by Powell's Dragon score, ending with the "musical line of awesomeness", rowing a line of exciting themes.

3. Journey

At this point the piece will calm down and move back to a similar sound as heard in the first movement with the focus on wind solos. In the second part it goes back to the familiar montage sound, but with a lesser presence focusing on explorationary aspects. It ends with a buildup towards the last movement.

4. Limitless

The most powerful and epic movement, throwing everything around that was introduced in the former movements. Several ups and downs here with the focus to never run out of energy. It ends with the maintheme similar to the second movement.


This piece would've never been possible without the great players who performed in this piece. I'd like to thank everyone who had the patience and time to record for this piece!

Kristin Naigus: Oboe, English Horn, Tin & Low Whistle
Sean Lin: Clarinet
Daniela Wolf: Flute
Berker Sen: Bassoon
Mario Hinke & myself: Some choir voices

Special thanks to: Robert Eichenseher (for introducing me to a flute player), Toniko Pantoja (for keeping me motivated), Mario Hinke (additional motivation) and Eastwest Quantum Leap for their excellent libraries.

Credit for the great artwork goes to Niken Anindita. [link]

This piece marks my 5th year of composing music, I've never had any musical training before and completely learned by experience. My goal is to be on par with great composers such as James Horner and Alan Menken someday and I'm ambitious enough to get there one day. My name's Denny Schneidemesser, I'm 25 years old and this is my work.
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AStoKo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Clap I love it! Hug Heart 
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks mate, I'm glad to hear that! :)
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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
:wave: Hello :rose::bulletred: Featured - briphotography2013.deviantart.…
:bulletwhite: Thank you for sharing such a beautiful song with us to get inspired by and admire. :heart:
:bulletred: Hope that you enjoy the feature/story and have a wonderful day/night! :bye:
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh wow, thanks so much for the feature mate! This is great! :D
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xKIBAx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Oh, man. I remember listening to your stuff back in BBA days. Unfortunately, I had completely forgotten about so many things - like your music, until today when I rediscovered it. Hoooly gosh man, your music gives me the best kinds of goosebumps. This piece is so amazing! ♥ So happy to reconnect with your music once again.
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for coming back mate! Was definitely a large step upwards from these days to the things I do nowadays!

Also, appologies for the late reply! ^^;
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DorianoArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Extraordinary!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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DorianoArt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Heart Clap Clap Clap Heart
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cwonadoonoo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it weird that this music makes me think of HTTYD?Awesome music by the way,I can tell I'm going to be listening to it a lot:)
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Yeah, the movie came out when I was halfway done with the piece. However, I'd lie if I said that I didn't take any inspiration from this. :P
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cwonadoonoo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well I just like your music :) And,I like that movie,so it makes me happy that it reminds me of it :XD:
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Tallieho Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MIND BLOWN. THIS MUSIC IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks a bunch mate! :)
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Rawri-Tea Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This song inspired my art style so much! I love it! So, beautifully written and composed!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Artist
I'm always happy to hear things like these, thanks a lot! :)
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Rawri-Tea Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
you're very welcome!
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Drock625 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
You put the picture here but how do you put the music on?
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:icondanman87:
Danman87 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Artist
It's all scripted through Flash. The music isn't really on Deviantart, but streams from my website.
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Kinola14 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
You doing any scores for motion pictures yet?
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:icondanman87:
Danman87 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artist
Not yet, but I'm pretty much working on it! :)
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mattbonner12 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ironically I found a marching show about the same subject and a very similar name see for your self
[link]
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artist
Haha yes, I figured it's quite a popular subject! Even found other orchestral pieces with the same title. :D
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mattbonner12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
lol awesome :D
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Writer
Fantastic stuff! I went to your other link. It's so lovely!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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Drock625 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
A little more than a few seconds into it, it sounded like that theme from Lord of the Rings. Those three notes? LOL

anyways it's a good composition I'm glad.
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, if it's just three notes it's actually nothing to worry about. Though can see why the comparison is made, as it's also using a Clarinet. Either way, thanks for listening! :-) e
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Drock625 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Wow I had forgotten i made that gesture, you responded a little late there.

It's very beautiful, do you compose for a studio or something.

Oh and do you do requests? Because I have a story under production and I want music for it.
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ambientdream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i shiver when i listen to this.... my goodness.. this is just epic.... i felt like myself soaring above the sky, but without wings. its truly incredible that your music makes me feel this way. Thank you thank you so much for making this!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot for these words! The feelings you describe were my ultimate goal that I wanted to achieve with this piece. :-)
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DreamForecast Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Congratulations, you've been featured! [link] :D
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Oh yes! :D [link]
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DreamForecast Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Keep up the great work! :D
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Fierying Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey , btw are there scores for this?
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Unfortunately not yet, but I was planning to go for it at some point. It's definitely going to be a lot of work. ._.
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Fierying Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahaha, dont force yourself if you have no time for the scores.
i just wanted to ask because that i play the flute in my school's extra activity, band.
but really thank you for this piece!
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Fierying Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
owhhh i am so so SOOO sorry for not seeing this early!!
i missed the epicness of this piece!
love them as usual! also found you in youtube ;3;
"this is simply amazing, is like going on a long long long adventure, so long.
like an endless ride in your imaginations. and in fact this piece IS long!."
Thank you once again sir!
im really inspired of this song! really thank you!
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Don't worry, I'm not forcing my stuff onto anybody. :)

I'm glad to hear you liked this piece! Inspiring people has been one of my major goals with this piece. Figured that especially artists and writers listen to a lot of instrumental music when they're working, so it's always a good fit.
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SingABrightSong Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This piece is beautiful... but it makes me depressed, thinking of how good this is, and how I'm nothing like this. You say that you got this good on your own, through experience and ambition. I doubt I'll be able to get this far, because I don't have any ambition.

Sorry for venting on your art...
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, it were mostly large orchestral pieces like these that got me so ambitious. Try to gain it from seeing what others so, don't get depressed by it. :-)
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DreamForecast Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Two, words.
DANG, MAN.
You have potential. Hmm, I'mma be keepin' an eye on you.
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artist
Haha, thanks a bunch! It's still a long way to go. :)
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Kr-aa-hkan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Beautiful! So much going on, really evokes the imagination when listening to. [=
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks mate! :)
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clarinetguardrat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I can really see this as a marching band composition and show.
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Artist
Only if they had a marching string section. :P
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clarinetguardrat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
true
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mattbonner12 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One word WOW that literally made my jaw drop that's really beautiful I haven't heard a piece like it yet.
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Danman87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Just figured I already replied earlier on. O:
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