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    Complete score available for download

    on October 20th, 2010, by jan

    Hey folks! Jan here. It has taken me a bit longer than expected, but I finally got everything together for the traditional mini-album release of the film score. This time, the bundle even contains a few additional goodies, which I really hope you’ll like. But first things first:

    The score

    This 9-track EP contains every bit of music from the film, including the trailer cue, the DVD menu music, and of course the credits song. Since a lot of people wished for a lossless format, I’ve prepared both 192 kbit MP3 and CD-quality FLAC packages this time. Grab ’em while they’re hot:

    The cover was done by Nick Bueltge (thanks!). Click on it to see the full-res version. The music is distributed under a CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 license.

    β€œI Move On”: The official music video

    I’m really excited that Colin agreed to put together a music video for the credits song! You can watch it on YouTube (download versions will follow):

    MTV, here we come! (What’s that you say? The last music video was seen on MTV back when Billy Joel still had hair? Curse you, zeitgeist!)

    β€œI Move On” lead sheet

    Lastly, a few of you asked me about sheet music for this song, so I decided to give my rusty LilyPond chops a workout and put a basic lead sheet together. Here goes:

    I think it came out halfway nice, but if some engraving jedi among you wants to try his hand at improving the layout, be my guest.

    That’s it, I hope you like the music! All of these files can also be found on my website. If you have any questions or suggestions that don’t fit in the blog comments, just drop me a line or catch me on Twitter.

    83 Responses to “Complete score available for download”

    1. Davis Says:

      AWESOME! πŸ˜€ I loved the score!

    2. Robbie Losee Says:

      Wow – thank you very much! I had been wondering about the sheet music myself. (and the cover looks greatt too)

    3. J. Says:

      Great, now you hear a lot of details that got obfuscated in the film! πŸ˜€

    4. J. Says:

      And we already got the music from the DVD menu! πŸ˜€

    5. D Says:

      Thanks at last, Jan! πŸ˜€
      And thanks, Colin, for an official music video! That’s an amazing addition of awesome!

    6. Ammusionist Says:

      Hey – Non Derivitave… Does that mean that girl that sang “I move on” on Youtube is in violation?

      Looking forward to adding this to my Jan Morgenstern collection! Thanks.

    7. J. Says:

      No, because she based it on the song in the movie, which is CC-BY.
      I fully understand the NC, you feel screwed when a commercial TV program gains money by freely using you music in their $$$ content, but why ND? It takes a bit out of the soul of the whole Creative Commons idea.
      Only just copying and redistributing isn’t ”Creative” at all, right? πŸ˜‰

    8. just a thought Says:

    9. jan Says:

      Those CC licenses apply to the actual recordings as they appear on different media, not the “abstract” song itself. So in the strictest legal sense, you’d still need to acquire “traditional” performance/publishing rights in order to record and publish your own version. I can state here that I’d never go after someone who does a rendition of the song and puts it on YouTube, as long as it’s properly attributed, and I’ll gladly give permission to anyone who asks me for it. Commercial usage is a different matter, but I’m generally also quite cooperative there. As for the rest of the music: If you want to do something interesting with it, just ask me. It’s a common scenario for CC creators to waive aspects of their licenses on a project-by-project basis; so common, in fact, that it’s mentioned on the license overview page linked in the post.

      Even I get regular headaches from the intricacies of licensing law, and it has been the basis of my livelihood for quite some time. I’m trying to find a reasonable middle ground between keeping things in the spirit of an open movie, while still accounting for the fact that I’m doing this for a living. I can’t do a lot about the fact that some people think I’m leaning too far towards the latter, but please don’t let this turn into a licensing discussion.

    10. Nathan Letwory Says:

      Great stuff Jan! I’ve been playing the score now on guitar a few times, quite nice. I might do a developer performance after blender bugfixing πŸ˜‰

    11. Lia Says:

      YAY!!!!! I LOVE this, (happy dancing)..

      Can;t wait for our dvds to arrive…

    12. curious Says:

      jan: You did license the sheet music under CC, so my understanding is that people would be free to perform it unaltered without your authorization. If I’m reading the license correctly they could also publish the performance on Youtube (“communicate to the public those public recitations, by any means or process, including by wire or wireless means or public digital performances”).

    13. angbor Says:

      Sounds so awesome, just thinking about make a powermetalversion of I move on. Saubere Arbeit Jan, den BBB-Soundtrack hΓΆr ich gern beim arbeiten, der wird nun noch durch Sintel ergΓ€nzt.

    14. J. Says:

      If you aren’t sure, just contact Jan!

      Btw, has anyone of you realized that quite a lot of artists got famous by so-called ”copyright violations”? (read: performing a cover of a song live or on the internet without any license/permission/fee) πŸ˜‰
      Just as a matter of fact. πŸ˜›

      But regarding Jan’s music, again, just contact him when using his work, he answers personally, just like the neighbor on the steps.

      @Jan: If a commercial radio station finds this score on the internet and they want to play a track, isn’t it a bit unfeasable to first ask permission?

      Sorry for the off-topic, but it’s so damn interesting!

    15. kram1032 Says:

      This music is awesome πŸ˜€
      Jan, you did an amazing job for Sintel. – You already did for ED and BBB, but Sintel is just mindblowing.
      Do you actually have a standalone album of works?

    16. J. Says:

      @Nathan Letwory:
      Could you play it, amped, at the Blender Conference? (with the audience singing along!)

    17. Alex Delderfield (AD-Edge) Says:

      Great to see this up now! Been waiting for quite some time.

      Really loved the official film-clip for I Move On, I really feel like this one song has the same soul as the movie. They were made for each other!

      Awesome work Jan πŸ™‚

    18. JamikKim Says:

      So, does Sintel actually “sing” the song? I know this may seem weird, but I have a situation where seeing even a second of a music video can “ruin” the image I have already created for the song.

      I’m betting that the music video for this is going to be great, but I’m still not sure…whether to watch it…beautiful as she may be…

      I will be downloading the music though πŸ˜‰ Well down with that, especially the credits theme, though I almost wish it would go for longer; it’s like it is getting to the “best song in the world” part, and then it finishes! Oh well, at least I won’t have to hear Scales Junior in the first 20 seconds anymore!


    19. J. Says:

      You should make a longer version of the DVD menu music, beautiful!

    20. DingTo Says:

      Great Jan! Thank you very much!

      I am listening to it right now and you can hear small details you can’t hear in the film. πŸ™‚
      Thanks a lot for the sheet as well.


    21. Eibriel Says:

      Amazing score πŸ™‚

    22. JL Says:

      Jan, could you also publish the “I Move On” soundtrack without vocals?

    23. Demohero Says:

      Thank you!

      My soul isn’t alone with these songs anymore πŸ™‚

    24. Dennis Says:

      Thank you!

      It’s beautiful πŸ˜‰

    25. mitras2 Says:

      Jan – Thank you for sharing your awesome work with us.

      Special thanks for the flac-version.
      Listening to the Soundtrack really touches me. The music emphasizes the feeling of the film so perfectly – Thanks again

      Keep up the great work – I hope i will hear your music in the next Blender-open-movie again πŸ˜‰

    26. lsscpp Says:

      Shivers. Really.
      Great job, movie theater level, inspired, light, intense, strong, delicate… i’m running short of words to express my high opinion of this work of art.

      A thought. This music really moves Sintel to a higher level, and listening to it, makes me immediately connect without eye-filter to the emotions I had when watching Sintel for the first time (the time i wasn’t investigating AA problems or animation issues ;). It’s a strange feeling, it’s like watching the short again but this time with no screen except memories. I get it as a test that tells me how good is the result the whole project achieved.

    27. alienkid10 Says:

      any chance of Sheet Music for Piano?

    28. tonie! Says:

      omg you guys! πŸ™‚
      i don’t know what this is for i just wanna be on it ;p

    29. jan Says:

      Everyone, thanks so much for the kind words! I’m glad you like the score and really appreciate the feedback.

      @alienkid10: Sorry, you’ll just have to come up with your own piano arrangement πŸ™‚

    30. Serpent36 Says:

      OMG yay. I have been waiting for this time. πŸ˜€

    31. jonnybx Says:

      Thank you Jan, thank you!

      and I move on…

    32. Christiaan (AniCator) Says:

      FLAC files oh yeah!!!

      Jan. Is there any change you are ever going to appear at the Blender Conference to receive your well deserved applause?

    33. Hubert the Oboe Nerd Says:

      Very, very nice. I’ve been waiting for this. πŸ™‚

      As for the score layout, I’ll try a hand at that…

    34. maddes Says:

      wow, this really sounds so good!

      @ JamikKim: no, Sintel does not “sing” in the video. Its just a mix of scenes from the Sintel Movie.

      @ Jan: Nice, FLAC files πŸ˜€ . Is there any chance to get FLACs from BBB and ED to? AFAIK there are only mp3 at ED and mp3 + ogg at BBB.
      Ah, you know, that’s the mess with a community, these are unsatible πŸ˜‰

    35. J. Says:

      @Christiaan (AniCator):
      Look at this:
      And the applause lasted for a a few minutes or so.
      But that doesn’t keep us from clapping our hands again! πŸ˜€

    36. He Who Doesn't Want to Be Named Says:

      Is a text-less version of the cover available (blend or png file)? It would make a great wallpaper for my brownish Ubuntu desktop.

    37. DwarvenFury Says:

      Thanks Jan! It’s an amazing score and I’m excited to add it to my collection.

    38. D Says:

      @He Who Doesn’t Want to Be Named,

      you can use the frame from the movie:

    39. Clint Says:

      Watching the music video, I just can’t help but get the feeling that it should solve some of the criticism, like, the movie ending?

      It feels like the movie, shortened further (without dialogue), and a more hopeful ending (and I may dare say, story got clearer for those who can’t get it). πŸ˜‰

      Although I like the movie a lot, that last scene (sintel and the baby of scales looking at each other) changes the outlook and atmosphere (this was supposed to be the original ending right?).

    40. W Says:

      Score! THIS is what I’ve really been waiting for.

    41. DDD Says:

      Hey Jan can you pleeeaaaase do something more with the Circling_Dragons? It starts out soooo goood, and just ends πŸ™ I WANT MOOOOORE!! LOL πŸ™‚

      Extend it pleeeaase!

    42. young_voter Says:

      The score is tremendous. But how come all the screenshots of Sintel up to this point and I mean all – looks bad. It seems like a lot of work done on the modelling, but the lighting is all blown out. Shots like where Sintel sleeps with the dragon looks so bad. While I am proud of the works from the Sintel artists, I questioned why none of the screenshots, including the one, above this page with the sun and a lot of buildings, is not worth printing. It’s frustrating because I want them to look good.

    43. Reyn Says:

      Thanks, Jan! Since you told me about releasing the score, I couldn’t stop being eager. And now that it’s here, I’m even more excited. The song always gives me the goosebumps – everytime. I think that just proves how effective and melancholy this piece is. Congratulations to you and the Durian team for a highly-acclaimed success!


    44. Milad Thaha Says:

      Thanks a lot Jan! This soundtrack’s awesome πŸ˜€

    45. joeri Says:

      Very nice. Both the music and the gift.

      I can see how the CC NC ND is in conflict with the CC on the released movie though. The sound of the movie is CC3-AT.
      Lets hope people will respect the more restrict license of this release.
      It would be a pretty ripp-off if people started making money of this work gifted to the BF and its community.

      Although I agree with J. that I don’t think its in the spirit of CC to add the ND, which Jan also doesn’t comment on. This way it looks like this is only used as a platform to promote Jan’s work, not to jumpstart creativity.

    46. ChrisV Says:

      Thanks Jan. I like them all!

    47. J. Says:

      In this case it’s not a big deal, just send a kind mail to Jan when using his work for your work. πŸ˜‰

    48. The Fatsnacker Says:


      fantastic music throughout the whole of Sintel. Hope the song gets into the charts…..


    49. JH Says:

      Awesome work Jan, can’t wait for my dvds!

    50. xand Says:

      With the ND licence can i write a piano or a quartet arrangement ?
      can i share it or must i keep it for myself ?
      it’s much more for the knowing but who know if i found a pace the next month.

      great work

    51. jane mann Says:

      this is awesome! lov you guys!

    52. Grunt Says:

      Nice…and where can I buy it?

    53. Yoshua Says:

      AWESOME!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!! YOUR WORK RULZ!!!!!!!!!

    54. STORM! Says:

      As always, great works, Jan!

      Thank you and keep going on!

    55. Psy-Fi Says:

      I’d love to see the score for the full orchestration

    56. loopDuplicate Says:

      Dope!!! Thankx for the FLAC filez!

    57. 4museman Says:

      Yes! The score is truly wonderful! Thanks for it! πŸ™‚

      But I had some issue about the music video. I’m a such a nag, that I went to criticise it on BlenderNation, but comments are usualy dead quickly there, so probably not many people noticed.

      Basically my opinion is, that there could be retrieved more out of the given material. While I watched the video I had a feeling, that the video doesn’t react to the music oftentimes. And sometimes I feel it as really disruptive.

      After my criticism I tried to make my alternative version. Regarding of the licence for the music – I simply asked Jan for permission to publish this video and he had no problem with allowing that, as he write: β€œas long as the attribution is there”. πŸ™‚ So I put it on YouTube and Vimeo:


      Enjoy and don’t forget to drop some constructive critique! πŸ˜‰

    58. Ryan Schroeder Says:

      “I Move On” Is beautiful; I’ve liked it so much that it’s all I’ve listened to, so I haven’t heard the rest of the songs yet! =) I’ve been singing it all of yesterday and today.

    59. zsl Says:

      I think the cover image has too much glow.

    60. Mat Says:

      Thank you Jan for the Lilypond – file this was a great inspiration!
      After I have seen a real example of the good quality of Lilyponds’ typeseting quality, I gave myself a kick to learn Lilyponds’ syntax: I rewrote a single voice from a orchestral score because I didn’t have the single voice available and didn’t want to turn pages so often when playing.

      @Psy-Fi: After that experience I can say that it would mean quite a lot of work to write all the score. πŸ™‚

    61. Carsten Says:

      Jan… “I move on” f*cking kills me. Thank you for that song. Ein verdammter Erste-Klasse-Ohrwurm, und der erste und bisher einzige Song, den ich je im “single Repeat” laufen lassen habe. Mach ne Single draus und ab in die Charts damit!
      Great work. Really epic, and i love itΒ΄s huge dynamic range.. canΒ΄t wait to see some footage of you telling something about the making of it. Hope you made a sh*tload of bonus stuff for the DVD?


    62. Dzulqarnain Says:

      Thank you so much.
      I love the music especially I Move On (Sintel’s Song).

    63. John Says:

      I think “non-commercial” clause prevents songs from being used in lots of good spaces. They can’t go into wikimedia commons, they can’t be played in radios, nor played in podcasts having sponsors/ads, or being played as covers by other bands. A lot of “cases of abuse” can be stopped well with the “share-alike” clause. This way, if someone makes an advertising video and uses your music, it is forced to release it under the same conditions. Otherwise, they have to contact you for a licence exception, causing the same effect than “non-commercial” clause.

    64. Sir Michael Says:

      Jan –

      INCREDIBLE WORK! and .. THANK YOU for releasing it for free πŸ™‚

      I’m actually studying music in school, and would be so grateful if you had a copy of the score (written score, that is, as opposed to audio files) that I might be able to study?

      What did you write this with? Are these live performances or just some really good use of ProTools? Do you have your own in-home studio?

      Once again, THANK YOU. This is incredible/beautiful/inspiring/wonderful!

    65. Chris Says:


      You may have to forgive me because I’m a bit late to the game, I only heard about Sintel from CartoonBrew’s fairly recent news story.

      I am now a proud owner of the DVD and have just put the score onto my ipod :o) It is a fantastic score and does precisely what a good piece of film music should do, elevate the emotion.

      Having watched the DVD, paying specific attention to the making of, it seemed a shame that no mention was made of the composer and voice cast and I wondered if you might be able to correct this on the website (assuming that I haven’t missed it somewhere)?

      Thanks, I look forward to the teams next project with eager anticipation.

    66. Deonast Says:

      I’m another to say thanks for the FLAC, but also thanks for the wonderful music. Nothing like the right music in a film to pull at the heart strings.

    67. Dragonology Student Says:

      Thank you so much for the soundtrack, I love it so much. I enjoy singing I Move On it is such a beautiful song. I recorded myself singing and I would like to put it on YouTube but I would prefer to ask first, is it OK if I sing your wonderful song and publish it?

    68. Keleido Says:

      Hello Jan,

      I please to share a French version of your beautiful song which stays all the day long in my mind from many weeks.
      I really enjoyed playing with LilyPond to do this task.
      Hoping someone will try to sing this version.
      I suggest more translations in other languages to spray freedom, harmony and generosity! :o)
      Long life to Bender Fondation projects

      Score :

      LilyPond source :

    69. D Says:

      Keleido, I’m sure your French version would be beautiful to hear! πŸ˜€

    70. Allan Says:

      Great gift
      I like so much “I move on”

    71. Joshua Says:

      Hey all! This is really directed at the team but…

      Is there a copy of the sintel font I can get my hands on? Everytime I see a new image uploaded it always has some new characters writen in the sintel font so this led me to beileve an entire font has been made!? If so could you please post a link or email me the link (you guys have my email πŸ˜‰ nudge nudge wink wink).


    72. Astrid RENET Says:


      I’m involved in a film-association called ISC cinΓ©feel based in Paris.

      I am currently in charge of organizing an short movies and potographs exhibition. I am really interested in your short movie sintel, which is very well realized. I was wondering if you were possibly interested in me broadcasting it during the exhibition. The exhibition will be free, and I won’t get any profit on you. The only purpose is promoting young talents,
      and promoting cinema to a larger audience.

      If you guys are interested, you can email me back as soon as possible.

      Astrid RENET

    73. Lasconic Says:

      The leadsheet is also available in MusicXML format and MuseScore format on See :

    74. Raminson Says:

      Hi …
      hey guys , after I see this short film,
      I just feel that how do I love animation & ofcourse blender,
      to making my dreams.
      Thank you very much for this amazing work.
      I love the animation , the soundtracks & everything in this fabulous short film and I love the credit’s song very much.
      It’s such an amazing song.

    75. Emilien Says:

      Hi all,

      Sintel genuinely changed my life, and I can personally relate to the story (growing up)… which only made it a harder strike at my heart, when I watched it for the first time, than for others who merely sees it as a sad story.

      The soundtrack is stunningly well made and especially Sintels song is worth mentioning. It’s so full of meaning, and does, like other people say, do very well in capturing the whole point of the movie and compressing it into a relatively short piece of music. Every time I hear it (or sing it, as I’ve been doing for the last cuple of days) it’s like watching Sintel all over again.

      Fortunately this revelation does, as for Sintel in the movie, give one a chance at a fresh start… a chance nobody should waste.

      Great job, really. And thanks so much for the free soundtrack download πŸ˜€

    76. penguin86 Says:

      Thanks very much! I love this soundtrack! It’s very very well made. (sorry for my english πŸ˜› ).

    77. Chathranga Ranasingha Says:

      This is some excellent work! Many thanks for providing this…. It’s really EPIC


    78. VivaLaRyan Says:

      Really great work! I love them !
      And thanks for sharing.

    79. The Royal Says:

      Great job!! I love this

    80. JUAN MANUEL Says:

      Thank you so much! I love Sintel and I specially love your music. I have to say that I admire you, and HelenaΒ΄s voice is amazing. I have been listening to the song hours and hours, once and again and I just wanted to play it at keyboard.
      Congratulations again!

    81. Sarah Says:

      BFEIFLEBELBSOMFG you have no idea how happy this makes me. *head explodes from the awesome*

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    83. Gandaro Says:

      Thank you very much, Jan. πŸ™‚ I love the soundtrack.