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8 Best Free Linux Music Notation Software

8 Best Free Linux Music Notation Software

Music notation is a system which represents music in a written form by using musical symbols. For a musician to be able to read, understand, and play music, the composition must be in written form. A system of notation is essential for musicians to be able to play music as intended by the composer.

It is widely acknowledged that Sibelius and Finale are two software packages that are heavyweights in the music notation field. Unfortunately, these software applications each cost a cool $600 for a single license and their developers have no plans to release the titles for Linux. Fortunately, the vast majority of budding musicians and composers will never need the functionality offered by Sibelius and Finale.

The purpose of this article is to highlight cost-effective alternatives to Sibelius and Finale that run under Linux. The software featured here is released under freely distributable licenses, all are available to download at no charge, and can produce music scores which are engraved with traditional layout rules.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 8 high quality free Linux music notation apps. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to produce elegant music scores.

Now, let's explore the 8 music notation applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Music Notation
Lilypond Produce musical scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules
Rosegarden Sophisticated MIDI (and audio) sequencer and notation editor
Musescore Graphical WYSIWYG music score typesetter
Denemo Musical score editor intended primarily as a frontend to Lilypond
TuxGuitar Multitrack tablature editor and player writen in Java-SWT
Impro-Visor Educational program designed to help musicians compose and hear solos
Frescobaldi LilyPond sheet music text editor for KDE4
Canorus Graphical music score editor written for the Qt4 toolkit

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