List of Scorewriters
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List of Scorewriters

This is a list of notable music notation programs (excluding discontinued products). For programs specifically for writing guitar tablature, see the list of guitar tablature software. For discontinued products, see list of discontinued scorewriters.

Free software

  • ABCexplorer, a scorewriter for ABC notation[1]
  • Aria Maestosa, open-source (GPL) midi sequencer/editor for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS
  • Denemo, a scorewriter primarily providing a front-end for LilyPond
  • EasyABC, another scorewriter and player for abc format[2]
  • Frescobaldi, a GUI front-end for LilyPond. [GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OS X and Microsoft Windows]
  • Impro-Visor, a GUI- and text-based scorewriter for constructing lead sheets and jazz solos on Linux, OS X, and Windows
  • LilyPond, a text-based scorewriter with several backends including PS, PDF and SVG
  • Mup (Music Publisher) by Arkkra Enterprises (went open-source in 2012, previously Shareware)[3]
  • MuseScore, a WYSIWYG scorewriter for Linux, Windows, and OS X
  • MusiXTeX, a set of macros and fonts that allow music typesetting in TeX
  • Musink Lite, a WYSIWYM scorewriter and publication tool for Windows
  • NoteEdit, a KDE scorewriter
  • Rosegarden, a scorewriter for Linux
  • Philip's Music Writer, a text-based scorewriter originally written for Acorn RISC OS (released as a commercial program [4] in the 1990s), later ported to POSIX and licensed under the GNU GPL
  • VBRhapsody, a full-featured music notation editor for Windows originally written for the Acorn Archimedes and published by Clares Micro Supplies, now available from the author[5]


Microsoft Windows

Mac OS

  • ConcertWare (obsolete)
  • Cubase Score V1-5 (first run of version numbers)
  • Cubase SX
  • Cubase V4-9.5 (second run of version numbers)
  • Emagic, makers of Notator (bought by Apple in 2002; Windows version no longer developed or supported)
  • Encore
  • Finale notation program, plus lite versions: Finale Notepad, Notepad Plus, Songwriter, PrintMusic, Allegro
  • Guitar Pro (primarily for guitars and bands, but also notates other instruments including drums)
  • Igor Engraver
  • Logic Pro, Logic Express (successor to Notator and Notator Logic)
  • Mosaic (Mac OS 9 only)
  • Mus2
  • MusicEase, notates standard music, shaped notes and tablature; transposes and imports abc music.
  • MusicTime Deluxe
  • Notion
  • Overture plus lite version Score Writer.
  • Sibelius, plus lite versions Sibelius First, Sibelius Student, Sibelius Instrument Teacher Edition, G7
  • ScoreCloud - Audio, manual or MIDI input analysis to musical notation, and editor
  • SmartScore Pro (music-scanning and music-scoring. Lesser versions: SmartScore Songbook, MIDI, Piano and Guitar Editions)
  • Stave'n'Tabs (free, in-app purchasable PRO version), plus iOS version[6]


See also


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