[clug] music programs, formats

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Mon Oct 4 18:26:51 MDT 2010

Richard Rose <richard.58 at bigpond.com> writes:
> On Mon, 2010-10-04 at 23:01 +1100, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> Does anyone know of any OS music editors - ie sheet music editing programs
>> in linux?  Are there any open formats for sheet music?

My partner is a musician, and has given some commentary.  Others have
mentioned Rosegarden and Lilypond, which are general purpose scoring

MuseScore is also worth looking at, and is available on FOSS and non-free
platforms and all.

While she prefers the commercial options, her comment on those was relatively
favourable in terms of basic feature set.  Lilypond especially is good if you
prefer a non-GUI tool.

> I've used the 'abc' suite of programs before. With it you can convert from
> abc format to postscript or midi, transpose the key signature, and even
> convert from midi to abc format.

Her comment on these, and MTX, was that they are vastly better suited to "folk
song" or "plain song" style music than general scoring.

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