Dragonvale Music – Composition and Orchestration

The inspiration for Dragonvale’s score was to reinforce the peaceful and idyllic setting of the dragon parks. To do this I needed to create a style that would be pleasant to hear and emotionally lift the player into the right mood for the game. I wanted to avoid going for an “epic” score because I was trying to make sure the audience would feel more intimately connected to their parks. Once I determined what mood and scope the pieces should be I needed to come up with an instrument arrangement that would allow me to capture that expression and emotion. When the dust had settled I chose aΒ handfulΒ of instrument to comprise the score…the Celtic harp, flute, recorder, oboe, clarinet, tambourine, triangle and nylon (classical) guitar. Additionally, I tried very hard to keep the pieces simple and depended on an emotional performance with each instrument to bring the tracks to life. The main challenge was in keeping the mood cheery but not patronizing the audience with all major key bliss. Simple, elegant and bright were the guiding principles during composition.

-Aubrey

29 Comments

  1. pj

    Peacful
    Love the flute

  2. tom

    my son loves this – is it available for purchase or download?

  3. Rogelio

    Your post, Dragonvale Music – Composition and Orchestration | aubreyhodges.com, is really well written and insightful. Glad I found your website, warm regards from Rogelio!

  4. Petra Sweden

    Love the guitar <3 can anyone put up a tutorial?

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  6. Luke Van Cleave

    Love the music – thanks for the information. Where can I find more information about the music that is played during the races at the Dragon Track?

    Thanks!

  7. Googi

    Do you sell the scores as well, i like my son to perform this in school for a class event?

  8. Jolo

    sheet for this one

  9. admin

    I will be posting the sheet music for this next week. Stay tuned. -Aubrey

  10. Jolo

    The music in the dragon track?

    • admin

      I may include that track in a new 2.0 version of the Dragonvale Soundtrack, however, that will be a totally new iTunes album as we still want the original soundtrack to be available as well for the soundtrack “purists” out there. I do plan to eventually get the lead sheet posted but it will be quite a while before I can get to it as I am currently in the process of trying to finalize several new games for shipping this holiday season.

  11. Jolo

    My Little Hatchling Emerges? and also the new re-orchestrated music in update 2.0?

    • admin

      If you are asking why that track sheet music has been posted; it is there because it was released in the Dragonvale 2.0 update. Along with 3 other new tracks.

  12. Leon

    @Jolo
    i gotta say, i just love it when people speak only in one-liners, especially when every one is a question as well
    i kind of imagine they are also spoken in a commanding tone, perhaps with a semi-exotic/semi-oppressive accent. keep up the good work!

  13. Jolo

    Full Assemble- for all 8 instruments.

    • admin

      Oh…I think the term you are looking for is “Ensemble”. That project would take a great deal of time and I am just too busy to commit to that right now. You did not let me know what instrument you are playing. A complete score still requires multiple instrumentalists performing to sound correct. Only a handful of solo instruments would sound nice playing the full arrangement of the songs. These would include guitar, piano, harp, vibraphone and possibly a few others. A score adaptation to any of these full scale instruments would be an entirely different request. I wish I could help but I am in the middle of composing for 2 new albums and several new games and I already feel stretched very thin at the moment. Once my schedule lightens up I will give this some consideration. Regards, -Aubrey

  14. Jolo

    Thank you! Please finish it soon!

  15. Peter Behrend

    -hi,

    Thanks for the sheet music. But please could we have sheet music for “In Summer Past ” and “Good Ol Mossy Went A Wandering” as well ?
    These are beautiful compositions and I actually used to start the game just to listen to these (!).
    Also I play classical guitar and would so much like to play these 2 pieces (especially “Good Ol…”)

    kind regards
    /peter

    • admin

      Hi Peter, Thanks for taking the time to post. I will have to find some time to dig the handwritten stuff up and notate for pdf. Give me a couple of weeks and I should be able to get it done. Those are both pretty old so I will have to play through them a few times to jog my memory and make sure the notation is correct.

  16. Peter Behrend

    Thanks so much for your swift and positive reply. Looking forward to this πŸ™‚

    kind regards
    /peter

  17. Tony

    Is it possible for me to get the sheet music for this? I play the oboe

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