Poetry and Mystery of Dreams

p. 189 "Who heareth music in dreams, shall receive a joyful summons. ACHMET, C. 254"

p. 189

"WHAT gentle music wakens me ... ?

... 'twas the angels' song

That summoned me ... ! UHLAND."

p. 190

"Breathed into a pipe of sycamore

Some strangely moving notes; and these, he said,

Were taught him in a dream. COLERIDGE. Remorse."

Charles Godfrey Leland (ed.) : The Poetry and Mystery of Dreams. Philadelphia : E. H. Butler & Co., 1856.



"First Song I Ever Made in a Lucid Dream".

"I realized I was dreaming. Being lucid, I ... stood in the clouds. I constructed a huge piano out of light and started conducting it. I say conducting rather than playing, because I didn't have to touch the piano to make it play. I was waving my fingers at it like a wizard. Every time I played a key, that note would send light up into the sky. I played the four chords with my left hand and the music became louder and warmer. Then I started playing the other parts of the song. This continued for at least twenty minutes. My mood lifted with the pace of the music. Drums joined in out of nowhere. A soft bass hummed underneath us and buzzed in elation at the end of each bar. I made fills and solos and flourishes. ...

Another attempt at a lucid dream song was my more recent piano piece ... . The dream was the same as the last time - I was in the clouds - but instead of playing a piano of light, I was trying to explain the song to a future being". {Cf. passing through layer of clouds during "rising in the planes" as meditational exercise in the Golden Dawn.}

Pete Casale : "How to Create Music in Lucid Dreams -- The First Song I Ever Made in a Lucid Dream". http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/how-to-create-music-in-lucid-dreams.html


"Memorable Calea zacatechichi".

"The owners of the house were a group of eccentric musicians, calling me to come to the basement with them to view their equipment. ... Keyboards of all kinds, drums, hand drums, woodwinds, stringed instruments, even a harpsichord. It seemed crucial somehow that there was no brass to be seen."



"Musical Dream Revisited".

Abstract :

"It is observed that music, unlike language and imagery, does not undergo distortion in dream, and that in the word-music combination, music overrides words. It is also suggested that song may be primarily a right-hemisphere function, in which music adopts but subordinates language, which has limited representation in the RH. The integrity of music, as compared to language, in dream may also be related to RH dominance during sleep."

Irving J. Massey : "The Musical Dream Revisited : Music and Language in Dreams". PSYCHOLOGY OF AESTHETICS, CREATIVITY, AND THE ARTS (2006), Volume: S, Issue: 1, Pages: 42-50.



Neural Imagination

pp. 103-118 dreamers who have reported dreaming of hearing, and/or of playing or singing, music

page in this book

author-and-book mentioning music in dream

page in that book

dreamer dreaming of the music


Herzog 1936


tribes : Pima, Yuma, & Shoshone


Roger N. Shepard 1978




Heinz Prokop 1979


Richard Wagner


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Robert & +Klara Schumann


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+Rahel Varnhagen


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Eduard Mo:rike


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Friedrich Hebbel


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"a friend"


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+Hildegard Streich 1980


"a Danish composer"


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"a scientist"


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"A music teacher"


David Blum 1996




Irving Massey 1987a




+Deidre Barrett 2001


Paul McCartney


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+Lucy Davis


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Arthur Sullivan


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Vincent d'Indy


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C. E. Hutchinson


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Bill Barton


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Billy Joel


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Joseph Shabalala


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Shirish Korde


M. Miller 1987


Emile Benoit


Theodor Adorno : Dream Notes. 2007 (2005)




Steven Brown 2006


Max Bruch


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[+Valeria] Uga et al. 2006


[35 musicians]


Oliver Sacks 2007


Wagner, Ravel, Stravinsky, Berlioz

Irving Massey : The Neural Imagination : Aesthetic and Neuroscientific Approaches to the Arts. Univ of TX Pr, Austin 2009. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=_DuO-a4QLXIC&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false


"Music in Dreams".

1. dreamers who have reported dreaming of music

page in this article

author-and-book mentioning music in dream

dreamer dreaming of the music


D. Cairns : Memoires of Hector Berlioz. London : Gollancz, 1969.



F. Farga : Violins and Violinists. Macmillan, 1950.



I. Stravinsky & R. Craft : Conversations with Igor Stravinsky. London : Faber & Faber, 1959.


4. "age of commencement of musical instruction"

p. 355

"In the musician group, the frequency of music recall shows a relationship with the age of commencement of musical instruction : the earlier the age, the higher the frequency of music recall. This finding is in agreement with the notion that the early years of childhood are crucial for establishing the lifelong development of musical skills (Gordon, 1997)."

Gordon, 1997 = Gordon, E. E. (1997). A Music Learning Theory For Newborn And Young Children. Chicago: GIA Publications.

{This is cited at "7 Unexpected Things That Influence Your Dreams -- #2 : Kindergarten Music Lessons". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/dream-causes-things-that-influence-dreams_n_4326152.html }

4. "musical productions could be created in dreams"

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P. Maquet & P. Ruby : "Insight and the Sleep Committee". NATURE 427 (2004):304-5.


U. Wagner, S. Gais, H. Haider, R. Verleger, & J. Born : "Sleep Inspires Insight". NATURE 427 (2004):352-5.

Valeria Uga, Maria Chiara Lemut, Chiara Zampi, Iole Zilli, Piero Salzarulo : "Music in Dreams". CONSCIOUSNESS & COGNITION 15 (2006) 351–7.



"Can musical inspiration strike in dreams?

In 1918, Igor Stravinsky was composing ‘L’Histoire du Soldat’. One night he dreamt that a young gypsy woman appeared at the side of a road with a child on her lap. The woman was playing the violin to entertain the child, who applauded wildly. The next day, Stravinsky could remember the dream and incorporated the gypsy music into the ‘Petit Concert’ piece in the second part of the performance.

Science too has had its fair share of dream-induced revelation: in 1865 Friedrich Kekulé famously arrived at the hexagonal structure of benzene through a dream in which a circle of snakes each bit the tail of the animal in front.

Ten years earlier, Robert Schumann had a dream in which angels dictated music to him. When he awoke, he wrote the music down and used it as a basis of a longer piece published after his death.

More dramatically, Giuseppe Tartini dreamt that he had made a pact with the devil, who, handed Tartini’s violin, proved that he did indeed have all the best tunes. “Great was my astonishment,” said Tartini, “when I heard him play a sonata of such exquisite beauty as surpassed the boldest flight of my imagination.” When he awoke, Tartini tried to recall the piece, with partial success. “The sonata I then composed [the ‘Devil’s Trill’ sonata], although the best I ever wrote, was far below the one I heard in my dreams.”

Beyond these and other anecdotal reports there has been little scientific study of the role of dreams in music. A rare example was a recent study by Uga and colleagues in Italy, who compared the dreams experienced by 35 musicians and 30 non-musicians over a period of 30 days. The musicians dreamt of music nearly twice as much as the non-musicians, and the frequency of musical dreams was linked not to how much they played but the age at which they started playing.

Nearly half the music dreamt was novel, suggesting that new works can be generated in dreams.

Kroth et al. in California asked a different question – is dreaming linked to musical preferences? Their study of 68 graduate students found a range of significant associations. For example, students keen on heavy metal were more likely to dream that they were dreaming, that they had fallen unconscious or asleep, and to experience dreams of ‘recurring pleasantness’. Fans of rap/hip hop were more likely to have sexual dreams. Jazz was also associated with recurring pleasantness, while devotees of classical musical had more dreams of flying and ‘discontentedness’."



Curtiss Hoffman : "The Gilgamesh Cantata : A Personal Exploration of Dreams and Music ".

"As I reported in DNJ V29#3, during the summer of 2010 I read Jung�s Red Book and it had a profound effect upon my consciousness. Themes from the book frequently appeared in my dreams and waking synchronous experience, and in dreams, often prior to my reading them. The �biggest� dream in this series concerned my observation of a group of choristers performing an a capella cantata based upon texts from the Red Book. Upon awakening, I realized that the texts derived from the �Incantations� section of the book, in which Jung presents a series of prayers within his dreaming that was directed to the Babylonian hero Gilgamesh ... . ...

The first section I was moved to set to music is associated with a powerful Red Book image (Jung 2009:55): the sun barque of the Egyptian god Ra sailing over the surface of the waters, beneath which lurks a monstrous fish, identified by Jung as the �Spirit of the Depths. ...

Since I undertook the writing of the cantata, dreams about it have come in profusion. I have had 47 dreams in which the cantata was featured, 35 providing musical themes. In 11 of these, I have actually visualized the notes on the staff; more often, I just hear the themes. Most of these dreams are just brief snippets� or the theme occurs only at the end of a longer dream. Some dreams have provided me with insights into the structure of the cantata or helped me to revise what I have written. I know that there are themes that I have not been able to recall in the morning, but one dream early in the process informed me that these are being stored in my unconscious for when I will need them later on."



"15 Songs That Came From Dreams".

1. The Beatles // "YESTERDAY" (1965)

2. The Rolling Stones // "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction" (1965)

3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience // "PURPLE Haze" (1967)

4. The Beatles // "LET It Be" (1970)

5. John Lennon // "#9 Dream" (1974)

6. Queen // "THE Prophet’s Song" (1975)

7. Rush // "LA Villa Strangiato" (1978)

8. The Police // "EVERY Breath You Take" (1983)

9. Todd Rundgren // "BANG The Drum All Day" (1983)

10. Elvis Costello & The Attractions // "HONEY, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?" (1986)

11. R.E.M. // "IT’S The End Of The World As We Know It (AND I Feel Fine)" (1987)

12. Billy Joel // "THE River Of Dreams" (1993)

13. Johnny Cash // "THE Man Comes Around" (2002)

14. The Killers // “ENTERLUDE” (2006)

15. Florence And The Machine // "IF Only For A Night" (2011)



Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams

p. 431b "The Internet site Songfacts.com lists 51 popular songs inspired by dreams (Songs Inspired by Dreams ...)."

Deirdre Barrett & Patrick McNamara (edd.) : Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams : M-Y.



"Song Facts -- Categories".

"Category Type -- Inspired by"

"Browsing Category Type" :




Dreams Behind the Music

"inspiration & guidance for artists, 

inventors, and pragmatic inner-space explorers.

About The Book" :

"insight-packed dream accounts by music icons Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Sting, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Drake, U2, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, The Black-Eyed Peas, Lorde, Ziggy Marley, Paul Simon, Pete Seeger, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, Beethoven, Mozart, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky, and many more." "surprising musical collaborations sparked by dreams, dream visions that called artists to their career path, stars who ‘see’ music or ‘hear’ images, powerful warning dreams where the lives of famous artists and others were at stake, 20 intriguing cases where the deceased appeared in dreams of living artists to instruct them or offer important creative and career guidance, as well as ways shamans from many cultures worldwide call in music from dreamland and share it for healing, teaching, protection, and powerful rituals. You will also find out how dreams have inspired film, TV and computer game soundtracks, artist and band names, instrument inventions, business and career decisions, playing techniques, and even performances "

Craig Sim Webb : The Dreams Behind the Music. DREAMS Foundation, 2016. http://dreamsbehindthemusic.com

author biography http://craigwebb.ca/bio.pdf