[LAU] Notation formats

Bill White bill.white at griggsinst.com
Thu Feb 7 16:02:32 EST 2008

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Simon Williams wrote:
| Werner Schweer wrote:
|> IMHO the best is MusicXML; look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MusicXML.
|> Its in activ development and supported by many commercial and open source
|> programs (MuseScore)
| Julien Claassen wrote:
|> I think with lilypond you wouldn't go wrong. You can convert it to MIDI (to
|> an extend) and you can make sheet music of it.
|> For ABC: I know you can convert it to MIDI, I don't know about sheet music
|> and human-readability.
|> For Lilypond I believe there are also graphical editors making it easier
|> for you. But don't nail me on this. :-)
| So it's down to Lilypond vs MusicXML. I think I prefer MusicXML as a
| format, but the main thing now is a good editor and viewer for it.

You know, part of it depends on what you are doing.  You might
think about all of them for different things.  For example, I
need to keep track of a lot of fiddle tunes.  I have tried lilypond
for that, but abc is good enough and much simpler.  Your
file manager or make should know how to create a pdf from
whatever format you choose.

You could try Quanta for editing MusicXML.  It's not a music
editor, but it's a generic XML editor, which seems more like
what you will want anyway.

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