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Re: Good notation program for linux

Wouldn't it be great if finale was orted to linux

"(Ted Harding)" wrote:

> On 05-Apr-99 David B.Teague wrote:
> > On Mon, 5 Apr 1999, Marcus Claren wrote:
> >> Subject: Good notation program for linux
> >
> >> Does anybody know of a good music writing program for linux,
> >> preferrably deb - packaged?
> >
> > Hi Marcus:
> >
> > I too need a program that will notate music as well as
> > something that will take files from that notation and
> > create MIDI files, and play them.
> >
> > I looked in the the Packages.gz files from the Debian
> > Potato distribution. There many programs that refer to music.
> > Some of these in  .../dists/potato/contrib/...  are
> >       musiclyr  pmx
> >
> > In .../dists/potato/main/... some are
> >       lillypond   abc2ps  abcmidi  rosegarden
> >
> > In .../dists/potato/non-free/... some are
> >       abc2mtex   musixtex   opustex
> >
> > I hope this helps, and if you decide to use one of these
> > I'd like to know which one, and how well it does the job.
> Musixtex is a pure printing program and is capable of doing a fine job,
> just as raw TeX is capable of fine text printing. However, creating the
> input by hand would be for the masochistic. Better would be to use a
> front-end which can do musixtex output. Rosegarden has a nice GUI and
> can produce musixtex, opustex and (if I'm not mistaken) pmx output.
> However, Rosegarden's musical repertoire is not complete nor always
> correct; there is a new version under development but progress is
> currently VERY slow (since the developers have other things on their
> plates).
> Rosegarden can also produce MIDI output, within its limitations.
> At present, my preferred program for scoresheet printing is MUP
> (see http://www.arkkra.com ).
> It has no GUI, so you type in text codes for the music, but this is
> compact and fairly intuitive, and easily editable. The printed output
> (PostScript) is superb (or can be made so); its good scoresheet
> formatting is transparent and involves no detailed input from the user
> unless some non-standard layout is required.
> I have encountered almost no serious limitation to what it can print
> (except possibly piano reductions of polyphonic music: it is limited to
> two "voices" per stave which may frustrate you in this context. Although
> each "voice" can consist of chords, it is not the same). However, since
> the source code is equally available, you could try making changes to
> implement more than 2 voices per stave; but I have to confess that my few
> attempts to do this have shown that the exercise is more complicated than
> it looks ...
> It can also generate MIDI output. Its "default" MIDI does not sound
> very exciting; it has MIDI directives which, I guess, a MIDI-knowledgeable
> user could use to improve that, but I'm not so can't comment.
> MUP is shareware: to register a copy (and get a key to enable removal of
> the "Unregistered Copy of MUP" watermark from everything it prints) you
> should (and I have been happy to) send the authors $25.
> Ted.
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> E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding@nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
> Date: 05-Apr-99                                       Time: 21:42:06
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