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music notation software [Nov. 5th, 2004|09:13 am]


Does anyone know of a notation software that is not so MIDI-oriented that it sacrifices functions crucial for modern classical music? According to the rosegarden handbook online, you can't get more than one voice per staff. I'm not sure any programs allow feathering beam angles. And I don't want to learn a text language -- guess that makes me a bad linux user. I'd hate to go back to Finale on Windows.

[User Picture]From: theswede
2004-11-05 06:33 am (UTC)
Denemo or
NoteEdit perhaps? They both use LilyPond for actual typesetting, meaning they can certainly do what you want in theory. If the can in practice, I don't know; I'm a metalhead. ;)
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From: ex_idragosa
2004-11-05 06:42 am (UTC)
If you're on Linux, Rosegarden is your main choice, but, like you said, it's focus is playback and recording more than anything else (Cakewalk products suffer form thsi same problem). I think there is a nother one called Note Edit or something like that but have never used it. If you are creating sheet music, Lilypond is the way to go.

Finale, I think, can run under Wine since it doesn't require any specialized audio interface beyond MIDI.
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[User Picture]From: prokoudine
2005-03-13 06:08 am (UTC)
Score editors with GUI are: Rosegarden, NoteEdit, MuseScore, Denemo. Ther is another one gtk based, but it's still in its infancy.

Most of them rely on or deal with either LilyPond or on MusixTeX, which are very powerful musical typesetting languages.

At the moment Rosegarden and NoteEdit are most mature editors. You have to remember that NoteEdit doesn't have page layout --it's linear only. MuseScore and RG are the ones to give you page layout from beginning, but museScore is not that mature yet.
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[User Picture]From: qianian
2005-03-13 09:46 am (UTC)
thanks -- I've been using rosegarden for a few months now, and as one who's never programmed before I think I'm doing pretty well. I still haven't figured out all the semantics but so far it's been far less frustrating than Finale. It is clearly still in development, though.
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