Typesetting Music notation

mantz's picture

Hi Typophiles,

Does anyone here have any experience in setting music notation?

What would you suggest as the best method to go about it.


dezcom's picture

Programs like Finale would be the best solution


dezcom's picture

My daughter is a composer. She uses Finale regularly. It is not for the feint at heart though.


Miss Tiffany's picture

I believe the software used by most students at Berklee College of Music, including my brother (although he has since graduated), to compose music is Sibelius -- http://www.sibelius.com/cgi-bin/home/home.pl -- many different levels. I think my brother has also used Finale. Not sure.

mantz's picture

Thank you both for your comments. Those were the two programs I had heard about (I was hoping there might be others).

I found this article:

It would seem to say that Finale is the better choice, as does most of the chatter on the web on the subject. But I wonder if it is not a Quark versus InD debate...

Tiffany, if your brother has used both, I would love to know what his feelings are on the subject!

- Robert

speter's picture

You might also want to look at LilyPond and MusiXTeX.

Kristina Drake's picture

My ex uses Sibelius. You can also get (or it comes with?) software used with your scanner to drop a handwritten score into Sibelius. The handwritten score has to be neat and tidy for the program to pick up everything, though, and may require some adjustments.


mica's picture

Ages ago I used a great program called Score, but I haven't had any need as of late. If you like the way the Henle* editions are set, you should like the results with Score.

*Henle doesn't used Score, but they are widely available engraved editions that are a joy to read.

mantz's picture

Thanks for the LilyPond link! That is exactly what I needed.

(I am working on a project that has a few short musical examples)

LilyPond is effecient for engraving already written music, and the results look very good, but I wouldn't want to try to compose in it, however...

For Score, I found this link, by the way

I agree, the Henle editions are beautiful!

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