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.
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.
||Produce musical scores that are engraved with
traditional layout rules
MIDI (and audio) sequencer and notation editor
||Graphical WYSIWYG music score typesetter
score editor intended primarily as a frontend to Lilypond
||Multitrack tablature editor and player writen in
program designed to help musicians compose and hear solos
||LilyPond sheet music text editor for KDE4
music score editor written for the Qt4 toolkit
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