Music notation software


Music notation software

Music notation software are computer programs that are used to create and print sheet music. Also known as "score writers".

Traditional classical music from Western culture is extremely complex and music notation software is a challenging application. The main products have a graphical interface similar to sheet music with staves, notes, beam and the entire set of music symbols represented. Main input methods are: step by step using a set of symbols palette and the mouse, MIDI real time recording, or scanning sheet music.

Some projects represent music in an XML based markup language called "Music Markup Language." However, the representation of music written in such a language is still to be resolved as present internet browsers cannot represent music.

Scalable Vector Graphics

There is now interest in the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as a means for representing music. Although a music font may be used for the purpose, ideally, all music symbols must be produced using SVG elements.

List of software

A list of the available software can be found at List of scorewriters.


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