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A scorewriter, or music notation program, is software used to automate the task of writing and engraving sheet music. A scorewriter is to music notation what a word processor is to written text. Music engraving is the art of drawing music notation at high quality. ... Sheet music is written representation of music. ... Music notation is a system of writing for music. ... A word processor (also more formally known as a document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of viewable or printed material. ...

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Functionality

All scorewriters allow the user to input, edit and print music notation, to varying degrees of sophistication. They range from programs which can write a simple song, piano piece or guitar tab, to those that can handle the complexities of orchestral music, specialist notations (from early music to avant garde), and high-quality music engraving. Music notation is a system of writing for music. ... Example of numeric vihuela tablature from the book Orphenica Lyra by Miguel de Fuenllana (1554). ... Music engraving is the art of drawing music notation at high quality. ...


Music can usually be input by using the mouse and computer keyboard, although some scorewriters will also allow input to be played to them from a MIDI keyboard. As scorewriters tend to use their own unique file formats for storing music, many will include utilities to translate from foreign formats, or MIDI files, to their own. Also a few will allow input by scanning scores using musical OCR software. Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ... A file format is a particular way to encode information for storage in a computer file. ... Music OCR is the application of optical character recognition to interpret sheet music or printed scores into editable and, often, playable form. ...


The output of scorewriters can usually be fine tuned, either by dragging graphical objects around in a GUI or by adding parameters to text-based input files. GUI can refer to the following: GUI is short for graphical user interface, a term used to describe a type of interface in computing. ...


Most scorewriters also allow the music to be played back via MIDI. This means that scorewriters have a certain amount in common with sequencers (many of which can also write music notation up to a point), though scorewriters are used primarily for writing notation and sequencers primarily for recording and playing music. In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ...


A few scorewriters allow users to publish scores on the Internet using their own formats, thus making them accessible only to other users of the same program. However more allow the exporting of the score to a PDF file for distributing the score and MIDI for distributing the music. More recently there have been Flash-based scorewriters developed that allow distribution and advanced interaction of sheet music online to any user with a modern browser. PDF is an abbreviation with several meanings: Portable Document Format Post-doctoral fellowship Probability density function There also is an electronic design automation company named PDF Solutions. ... Adobe Flash, or simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player, and to the Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program. ... Sheet music is written representation of music. ... Browsing redirects here Browser can refer to: Browser - a type of herbivore whose nutrition generally comes from high growing plants, like trees, rather than a grazer that eats from the ground. ...


History

Though it may not have been the first such piece of computer software, Music Construction Set was the prototype for most of today's scorewriters. Music Construction Set (MCS) is a music composition notation program. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with prototyping. ...


Scorewriters

Finale and Sibelius

The following list represents most of the current scorewriters available. Some are no longer maintained. Finale and Sibelius  ©  This image is copyrighted. ... Finale and Sibelius  ©  This image is copyrighted. ...

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Commercial

For Windows Canorus is a free software music scorewriter and runs on GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Canorus is a relatively new project and could be called the sequel of NoteEdit, which is expected to cease development when Canorus becomes established. ... Denemo is a free software graphical interface for music notation, mainly to GNU LilyPond, a program for engraving musical scores. ... GNU LilyPond is a free software program for engraving sheet music for all common operating systems; it is written in C++ and assembled by a Scheme library (GNU Guile) which also allows user customization and extension[1]. It uses a simple text notation for music, which is then compiled into... GNU LilyPond is a free software program for engraving sheet music for all common operating systems; it is written in C++ and assembled by a Scheme library (GNU Guile) which also allows user customization and extension[1]. It uses a simple text notation for music, which is then compiled into... NoteEdit is a free music score editor for Linux. ... Rosegarden is a free software digital audio workstation program developed for GNU/Linux with ALSA and KDE. It acts as an audio and MIDI sequencer, scorewriter and musical composition and editing tool. ... TuxGuitar is an open source software program written in Java. ... // Audimus aims to be a suite of free software tools for musical education purposes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ...

  • Capella
  • ConcertWare
  • Copyist
  • Encore (once a leading program; cut-down version: MusicTime Deluxe)
  • Finale, plus lite versions: Finale Notepad, Notepad Plus, Songwriter, PrintMusic, Allegro
  • Guitar Pro (originally intended for writing scores for guitars and bands, but works very well as a full-fledged scorewriter for many different instruments)
  • Musedit
  • Mozart
  • MusiCAD
  • Music Write
  • Notation Composer and Notation Musician
  • Noteworthy Composer
  • QuickScore Elite
  • Rhapsody
  • Sibelius, plus lite version Sibelius Student, and versions for Acorn Archimedes computers: Sibelius 7, Sibelius 7 Student, Sibelius 6, Junior Sibelius
  • SmartScore Pro (a music-scanning and music-scoring program; limited version: SmartScore Songbook Edition)
  • Harmony Assistant: cut-down version Melody Assistant

For Mac Capella is a music notation program or Scorewriter developed by the German company WHC. Versions The current version is Capella 2004, which includes guitar chord notation ability, and guitar tab writing functions, in addition to the standard music notation tools. ... ConcertWare is a music composition software program made by Chad Mitchell of Great Wave Software for the Mac OS in 1984. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Encore is a scorewriter program for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, popular since the 1990s. ... Finale is a scorewriter created by the software company MakeMusic! The main program is used by many professionals. ... Guitar Pro is a computer software which serves the purpose of making it simpler for musicians to compose music, editing directly into a tablature and/or musical partiture, and study music by offering advanced playback capabilities. ... // Musedit is a scorewriter program for Microsoft Windows, developed by Doug Rogers / Yowza software and first launched in 1997. ... Mozart the music processorâ„¢ is a proprietary WYSIWYG scorewriter, written by David Webber. ... MusiCAD is a scorewriter program originally designed for folk music featuring irregular meter (like 22/16 or worse). It can automatically generate accompaniment voices from chord symbols. ... Music Write is a Windows-based music notation program created by Voyetra Music Software. ... Notation Player, Notation Musician, and Notation Composer are all members of the product family developed by Notation Software, Inc. ... Notation Player, Notation Musician, and Notation Composer are all members of the product family developed by Notation Software, Inc. ... Noteworthy Composer (NWC) is a scorewriter application made by NoteWorthy Software. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhapsody was a scorewriter program for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, developed by US company Passport Designs Inc. ... Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by the company Sibelius Software. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... SmartScore is a music OCR and scorewriter program, written by Musitek Corporation based in Ojai, California. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ...

  • ConcertWare
  • Encore (once a leading program; cut-down version: MusicTime Deluxe)
  • Finale, plus lite versions: Finale Notepad, Notepad Plus, Songwriter, PrintMusic, Allegro
  • Mosaic (Mac OS 9 only)
  • Notator (which developed into the sequencer Emagic Logic)
  • Rhapsody (Mac OS 9 only)
  • Sibelius, plus lite version Sibelius Student, and versions for Acorn Archimedes computers: Sibelius 7, Sibelius 7 Student, Sibelius 6, Junior Sibelius
  • SmartScore Pro (a music-scanning and music-scoring program; limited version: SmartScore Songbook Edition)
  • Harmony Assistant: cut-down version Melody Assistant

For DOS ConcertWare is a music composition software program made by Chad Mitchell of Great Wave Software for the Mac OS in 1984. ... Encore is a scorewriter program for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, popular since the 1990s. ... Finale is a scorewriter created by the software company MakeMusic! The main program is used by many professionals. ... Mosaic is a now abandoned software programme for producing music originally appearing as Professional Composer. ... Logic Pro is a MIDI sequencer and Digital Audio Workstation software application that runs on the Mac OS X platform. ... Emagic Logic is a music sequencing application produced by the German Hamburg-based firm Emagic since 1992. ... Rhapsody was a scorewriter program for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, developed by US company Passport Designs Inc. ... Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by the company Sibelius Software. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... SmartScore is a music OCR and scorewriter program, written by Musitek Corporation based in Ojai, California. ... Instructions on how to use the directory command. ...

Commercial -- Historic

In addition, there are numerous more specialized programs for writing guitar tab, such as G7 and Guitar Pro. MusicPrinter Plus is a DOS-based scorewriter program, created by Temporal Acuity Products, Inc. ... SCORE is a scorewriter program, written in DOS by Professor Leland Smith. ... Music Construction Set (MCS) is a music composition notation program. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... Atari built a series of 8-bit home computers based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU, starting in 1979. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... Example of numeric vihuela tablature from the book Orphenica Lyra by Miguel de Fuenllana (1554). ... G7 is a computer program for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh for writing guitar music and songs, developed by UK software company Sibelius Software and based on the Sibelius notation program. ... Guitar Pro is a computer software which serves the purpose of making it simpler for musicians to compose music, editing directly into a tablature and/or musical partiture, and study music by offering advanced playback capabilities. ...


File compatibility

Due to the wide variation in features and notations supported, and because scorewriter programs have only entered into widespread use relatively recently, scores created using one program tend to be incompatible with programs developed by other manufacturers. It is therefore difficult to transfer scores between different programs.


MIDI files are often used as a form of 'workaround', because almost all scorewriters can open and/or save them. However, the MIDI file format is designed for representing playback rather than notation, so it only produces approximate results and much notational information is lost in the process. Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ...


Various attempts to develop and establish a standard music notation file format have been made, the strongest so far being NIFF (now obsolete) and MusicXML (which is becoming widely supported). NIFF (Notation Interchange File Format) is a music notation file format, primarily for transferring music notation between different scorewriters. ... MusicXML is an open, XML-based music notation file format. ...


Sibelius 4 is capable of opening Finale's .MUS files in a limited form as well as its ENIGMA Transportable Files (.ETF). Both Finale and Sibelius support MusicXML files to varying degrees.


External links

  • Musical notation codes - information on most known musical notation file formats.

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Scorewriter at AllExperts (547 words)
Many scorewriters also allow it to be played in from a MIDI keyboard.
This means that scorewriters have a certain amount in common with sequencers (many of which can also write music notation up to a point), though scorewriters are used primarily for writing notation and sequencers primarily for recording and playing back.
Hence scorewriters tend to be used for classical and jazz music (whose musicians use printed music), whereas sequencers are used for rock and pop styles (whose musicians play by ear).
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