March 12, 2013 at 5:00 AMMany thanks to Anne-Marie Proulx for making me aware of Muse Score, which is a free music composition and scoring app available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are templates for different types of performance pieces, or you can create your own from scratch.
You add or remove instruments, articulations, ornaments, etc. through a windows and wizards-based interface. The app is more clunky than word, and built on top of the Qt widget set, which is geek-talk for saying that the interface may not be terribly intuitive for windows users. On the plus side, the app is totally free, meaning that it is a full version, there is no cost to download and, a big plus for me, no advertising and distributed with a Creative Commons license.
Might be a good choice for a student, hobbyist, or professional working on a tight budget.
Author's note: I am not affiliated in any way with the makers of this software. :)
I like it so much, it has opened so many doors to my musical hobby and passion. Before, I was totally dependant on scores and arrangments that already existed on paper and was unable to play much with my friends who play winds and brass.
My previous ear training and theory courses helped me to understand it and use it better. Even so, many things are done automatically...
I'm in no way affiliated with Musescore either :)
I'm not much of a music writer so would be interested if someone with skills could say which was best...
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