[LAU] GPL Scoring/Engraving Programs

Brett W. McCoy idragosani at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 13:15:48 EDT 2007

Why no mention of Rosegarden? It's missing some features, obviously,
but it's still quite usable for scoring and printing of music, and has
some nice features for mapping/transposing instruments to defined

On 6/26/07, David Baron <d_baron at 012.net.il> wrote:
> There was a thread on this a while back, the need for opensource or
> free/minimal cost alternatives to Sibelius and such on Linux.
> One can run Finale Notepad or various lower cost upgrades using Wine and this
> may be the best alternative if one can get the MIDI and printing working this
> way.
> For lack of a handy staffbook--and it is easier to simply grab a staffbook, a
> extra fine pen and a typex stick--I tried what I have on my Debian Sid box:
> Scoring:
> Notedit--KDE's scoring program will get the job done. Most functionality is
> there. Chord entry is very awkward and the ui needs more toolbar items. But
> it works and will export to most everything needed including abc which opens
> the door to many Windows and Linux programs that can print score, Lilypond,
> MusicTex and MusicML.
> Canorus--successor to Notedit. Too early for this one.
> Denemo--GUI for Lilypond. Too early for this one as well. Nice start but had
> to go back to Notedit to continue.
> Musescore/mscore--new boy on the block. Coming along nicely and will soon be
> the best around. Still work to be done, text field editing is nigh-impossible
> but this is the alternative to Finale and Sibelius to watch. Imported MusicML
> from Noteedit.
> MIDI keyboard to any of these is precarious at best.
> For printing (engraving when doing music):
> Lilypond--works well with its peculiarities. Not enough control of formatting
> when exporting from noteedit, et al. Denemo not ready so need to know its
> markup language to really use it well. It is supposed to be the standard.
> MusixTex--works nearly as well as Lilypond but does not handle UTF8, foreign
> characters out of the box.
> Musescore--one when sets the formatting parameters (not defaulted properly)
> produces very nice results. Its scoring is WYSIWYG once the formatting params
> are set up. Again, the one to watch.
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