MuseScore – create, play and print beautiful sheet music

MuseScore is a graphical WYSIWYG music score typesetter.

Notes are entered on a “virtual note sheet”. As notes are entered, the score is immediately reformatted. It uses the LilyPond project’s TrueType fonts.

The program has a clean user interface, with fast note editing input similar to the step-time note entry found in the popular commercial scorewriting software packages, Finale and Sibelius.

MuseScore is an outgrowth of MusE, a MIDI sequencer for Linux. In 2002, Werner Schweer decided to “cut MusE’s notation capabilities out of the sequencer and rewrite it as a standalone notation editor”. The rewrite is based on the cross-platform Qt toolkit.

Features include:

  • WYSIWYG, notes are entered on a “virtual note sheet”.
  • Many editing functions.
  • Automatic note head positioning in chords.
  • Drum notation.
  • Cross staff beams.
  • Unlimited number of staves.
  • Up to four voices/staff.
  • Cue staves.
  • TrueType font(s) for printing & display allows for high quality scaling to all sizes.
  • Easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI.
  • Integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer.
  • Import and export of MusicXml and Standard.
  • MuseData import.
  • MIDI Files (SMF).
  • Print or create PDF files.
  • Embedded pictures.
  • MuseScore Connect.
  • Translated in 43 languages including English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Galician, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian Bokmål, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Ukrainian, Arabic, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Thai, Japanese, Czech, Catalan, Slovene, Faeroese, Slovak, Lithuanian, Croatian, Belarusian, Vietnamese, Esperanto, and Persian.

Support: Handbook
Developer: Werner Schweer and contributors
License: GNU GPL v2

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