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    Default Need a good music-score editor/player

    Hi--

    I am looking for software I can use to compose a music score and make the computer play the music from the score.

    Hopefully the software would be cross-platform so that it could run on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

    Could you please recommend the best software for this?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    Quote Originally Posted by LizardBoy View Post
    Hi--

    I am looking for software I can use to compose a music score and make the computer play the music from the score.

    Hopefully the software would be cross-platform so that it could run on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

    Could you please recommend the best software for this?

    Thank you.
    List of scorewriters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Comparison of scorewriters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Without being a musician. LilyPond, MuseScore and Rosegarden are the names that I have seen the most.

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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    LilyPond is probably the most sophisticated software for producing scores but you need third party software to play any compositions.

    A lot will depend on whether your priority is being able to produce complex scores or hearing your compositions quickly.

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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    On 2012-05-10 16:56, RedDwarf wrote:
    > Without being a musician. LilyPond, MuseScore and Rosegarden are the
    > names that I have seen the most.


    I have used rosegarden, but I'm not a musician, just know a little bit. I
    have some inherited scores from a uncle and I wanted to know how it
    sounded: as I can not play, I thought of using a computer to play it for
    me. The problem with rosegarden is that it needs a midi player, and I have
    only managed to use timidity to play a piano, and only a piano.

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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    Rosegarden is probably a decent choice, and could be used as a front-end to LilyPond as well. Rosegarden isn't a cross-platform software but the score could be exported as midi, LilyPond etc so it shouldn't be any problem reusing the scores on another OS and with another app.
    Rosegarden: music software for Linux

    This is cross-platform:
    MuseScore | Free music composition & notation software

    Both packages are available from OBS repoes: http://software.opensuse.org/121/en (OpenSuSE 12.1)
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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    If you decide to use LilyPond, it is worth downloading Frescobaldi (there wasn't a package in OBS for it last time I looked but the instructions to install it are well presented and easy to follow). This offers an integrated GUI for working with LilyPond.

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    What I settled on some time ago is MuseScore. I believe that by now it's by far the most popular free scorewriter, cross-platform or otherwise. Unfortunately it's not included in the openSuse 13.1 repositories. It comes pre-installed on Ubuntu Studio.

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    On Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:46:02 +0000, LizardBoy wrote:

    > What I settled on some time ago is MuseScore. I believe that by now it's
    > by far the most popular free scorewriter, cross-platform or otherwise.
    > Unfortunately it's not included in the openSuse 13.1 repositories. It
    > comes pre-installed on Ubuntu Studio.


    I show it available at http://software.opensuse.org, though - including
    in the "Education" repository.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:46:02 +0000, LizardBoy wrote:

    > What I settled on some time ago is MuseScore. I believe that by now it's
    > by far the most popular free scorewriter, cross-platform or otherwise.
    > Unfortunately it's not included in the openSuse 13.1 repositories. It
    > comes pre-installed on Ubuntu Studio.


    I show it available at http://software.opensuse.org, though - including
    in the "Education" repository.

    Jim
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    Well I don't know what to do. At http://en.opensuse.org/Education_rep...e_Repositories I don't see anything at all for 13.1.

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    Default Re: Need a good music-score editor/player

    On 2014-10-27 13:26, LizardBoy wrote:
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    > hendersj;2631330 Wrote:
    >> On Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:46:02 +0000, LizardBoy wrote:
    >>
    >>> What I settled on some time ago is MuseScore. I believe that by now

    >> it's
    >>> by far the most popular free scorewriter, cross-platform or otherwise.
    >>> Unfortunately it's not included in the openSuse 13.1 repositories. It
    >>> comes pre-installed on Ubuntu Studio.

    >>
    >> I show it available at http://software.opensuse.org, though - including
    >> in the "Education" repository.


    > Well I don't know what to do. At
    > http://en.opensuse.org/Education_rep...e_Repositories I
    > don't see anything at all for 13.1.


    https://en.opensuse.org/MuseScore

    http://software.opensuse.org/package...term=MuseScore


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