Last Updated on August 24, 2023
Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor for KDE4.
It is a powerful program for creating and editing music notation. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use.
Frescobaldi provides a host of features to help you to enter LilyPond music scores as quickly as possible.
- Enter LilyPond scores, then build and preview them with a mouse click.
- Point-and-click support: click on notes or on error messages to jump to the corresponding position in the LilyPond file.
- A Score Setup Wizard that helps you to quickly setup a LilyPond score, generating LilyPond input in a very human-like way.
- Blank staff paper generator.
- Syntax coloring that also signals some often made mistakes.
- Snippet manager to enter Lilypond snippets using keystrokes or mnemonics.
- Context sensitive autocompletion, helping you to enter LilyPond commands.
- Hyphenate lyrics using wordprocessor hyphenation dictionaries.
- Built-in editor to enter and manipulate music:
- Advanced syntax coloring that also signals some often made errors.
- Auto-indent nested structures, those can be folded for quick overview.
- Context sensitive autocompletion, to quickly enter commands and parameters.
- Manipulate pitch (transpose, translate, relative/absolute conversion).
- Manipulate rhythm (scale, copy/paste durations over other music, etc).
- Hyphenate lyrics.
- Quickly enter or add articulations and other symbols to existing music.
- Run the document through convert-ly to update it to a newer LilyPond version.
- Expansion dialog to enter larger snippets of LilyPond input using keyboard shortcuts or short mnemonics.
- A powerful Rumor plugin, using the Rumor program to quickly enter music by playing it on a MIDI keyboard or even your computer keyboard.
- Kinetic scrolling in the music view.
- Built-in MIDI player, terminal, and a blank staff paper generator which creates blank music staff paper and prints it or saves it to a file:
- Five types of staff paper: Single staff, piano staff, organ staff, choir staff, and custom staff.
- LilyPond documentation browser with context sensitive lookup.
- User Guide with help buttons (F1).
- Internationalisation support: Translated into Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Polish.
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