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  • LilyPond
    LilyPond is an "automated engraving system." It will format music notation beautifully without requiring typographical expertise of its users. It tries to mimic traditional plate engraving in the general impression, layout algorithms, and the font design. Read more hot
  • abcm2ps
    abcm2ps is a command line program which converts ABC to music sheet in PostScript format. It is an extension of abc2ps which may handle many voices per staff.
  • Canorus
    Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of written notes, chord markings, lyrics, a number of import and export filters to many formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MUP, PMX, MusiXTeX and LilyPond and more! Read more
  • cmn
    cmn is a small program that can create and display traditional western music scores.
  • compo
    compo is a fully qualified musical composition tool, allowing the construction of original musical structures, starting from nothing, and the handling and assembling of such musical structures in a natural way. Compo provides you with two main interfaces : midi and score, respectively for earing and visualizing your works.
  • Denemo
    Denemo is a unique score editor which exports notation to LilyPond and ABC music formats. It also acts as a frontend for Csound score files. Denemo is different from most graphic music editors, this is partly because it was created to help edit Lilypond notation and partly because of its unique design philosophy. Read more
  • EasyAbc
    EasyAbc is a popular abc editor. It uses abcm2ps and abcMIDI for typesetting the score and playing the music.
  • Gscore
    Gscore is a music notation application. Writing scores becomes as easy as entering text in a word processor. You can then export it to various file formats (abc is currently supported, other are in progress) and easily share your scores with your friends. You can also import various files, thus you don't need to rewrite scores you already have!
    The GUIDO Music Notation Format is a formal language for score level music representation. It is a plain-text, i.e. readable and platform independent format capable of representing all information contained in conventional musical scores. The basic GUIDO Format is very flexible and can be easily extended and adapted to capture a wide variety of musical features beyond conventional musical notation (CMN). The GUIDO design is strongly influenced by the objective to facilitate an adequate representation of musical material, from tiny motives up to complex symphonic scores. GUIDO is a general purpose musical notation format; the intended range of application includes notation software, compositional and analytical systems and tools, performance systems, and large musical databases. It is powerful, flexible, easily portable, and human readable.
  • GuitarTex
    GuitarTeX is a tool for guitarists who want to print good looking and easy to play song sheets or song books from their chord or chordpro files. It uses the well known chord format with several extensions.
  • LilyComp
    LilyComp is a graphical note entry program for use with the LilyPond music typesetting program.
  • LilyKDE
    LilyKDE is a set of tools to integrate the LilyPond music typesetter into KDE. It consists of icon and MIME type information for LilyPond files, a Kate plugin to run LilyPond and embed a preview with clickable notes and error messages, and a Konqueror service menu.
  • Mup
    (shareware) The music publisher program called "Mup" takes a text file describing music as input, and generates PostScript* output for printing that music. The input file can be created using your favorite text editor, or generated from any other source, such as another program. The input must be written in a special language designed especially for describing music.
  • MuseScore
    MuseScore is a WYSIWYG music score typesetter. It allows for fast and easy note entry on a virtual note sheet. It has and integrated sequencer and sofware synthesizer to allow for immediate play of the score. MuseScore imports and exports MusicXml and standard Midi files. Read more
  • MusicScript
    MusicScript is an open-source music scripting language for linux. It is capable of creating complete songs from a script, using drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and many effects. MusicScript was created by David Piott as an alternative to the limits of real-time music programs. With MusicScript, there can be an infinite amout of loops, tracks, samples, effects, etc. You create the song as a script file, which MusicScript will interpret and turn into a wav file.
  • MusiXTeX
    MusiXTeX is a set of macros and fonts that enables TeX to typeset music. To use it, at a minimum you must copy the macro and font files to the right directories in your particular TeX file structure, have the binary musixflx available to run, and have a TeX input file containing the proper commands. It's a three pass system: TeX, musixflx, then TeX again.
  • MuX2D
    MuX2D is a WYSIWYMean editor which outputs MusiXTeX files to typset music.
  • Nootka
    Nootka is an application to learn classical score notation. It helps to understand the rules of reading and writing scores and develops skills for playing and singing notes.
  • NoteEdit
    Noteedit is an editor for music notation that supports an unlimited number of staffs and up to 9 voices per staff. You can use it to create sheets of notes. You can import and export into many formats like midi, musicxml and lilypond.
  • NtEd
    NtEd is a musical score editor with many features including: Real WYSIWYG, (up to) 4 voices per staff, drum notes, grace notes slurs, piano pedal marks and more.
  • Philip's Music Writer
    Philip's Music Writer is designed for high quality music typesetting. PMW operates by reading an input file containing an encoded description of the music; such a file can be constructed using any text editor or word processor. The music encoding is very straightforward and compact, and quick to enter.
  • Randomposer
    randomposer is a program that generates random melodies that are supposed to fit within the acceptable definitions of music.
  • Score Reading Trainer
    Score Reading Trainer helps you improve your (musical) score reading skills by practicing with random scores. It works in a very simple way, you choose the clef, the key and the accidentals you want to practice as well as thee range of notes and then, the program generates a on-screen score with that parameters but randomizing the notes and the accidentals (and everything else that is randomizable).
  • Songwrite
    Songwrite is a tablature editor that uses Timidity for playing MIDI and Lilypond for printing. It is written in Python.
  • Strasheela
    Strasheela is a highly expressive constraint-based music composition system. Users declaratively state a music theory and the computer generates music which complies with this theory. A theory is formulated as a constraint satisfaction problem (CSP) by a set of rules (constraints) applied to a music representation in which some aspects are expressed by variables (unknowns). Music constraint programming is style-independent and is well-suited for highly complex theories (e.g. a fully-fledged theory of harmony). Results can be output into various formats including MIDI, Lilypond, and Csound.
  • Tab
    Tab is a typesetter for lute tablature, for renaissance and baroque lutes and theorboes, in French and Italian notation.
  • The Lyric Editor
    The Lyric Editor aims to be a full featured editor for the online collaboration of music lyrics. Its main goal is to replace the typical "file save" routine with a database backend. Each lyric is broken down into lines that are either a verse, chorus, bridge, or out. Each line can have multiple versions, and each version can be tied to the author who wrote it. The lyric has an author who has the final say over the final version. The best way to think about this project is Instant Messenger meets word processor which is umpired with version control. It uses Flash Remoting and AMF::Perl.
  • Transcribe!
    (commercial) Transcribe! is an assistant for people who sometimes want to work out a piece of music from a recording, in order to write it out, or play it themselves, or both.

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