Composing Music

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 BokmÃ¥l, 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 General Public License v2.0

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