A list of the best music notation software for beginners.
As a composer and an arts administrator, I work by hand on both musical scores and countless documents at the office. Over the years, I have come to rely on certain pens.
I have tried out Finale's part-making capabilities in version 25, and used linked parts for the first time. Here are my notes.
I have finished engraving the score to my latest orchestral work. I will be scanning and re-scanning it for a while, but for now the score is done.
As noted in my last post about this, my current work centers around engraving the score of an orchestral work composed in Finale version 25. So far I have 6 pages engraved, with 3 more pages of music and 2 more pages of cover/title information (the cover and inside cover will be made in Microsoft Word).
I wanted to provide this score so we can evaluate the areas that need engraving. Here is a laundry list of things that need to be changed. You can go through the score and see how chaotic things are pre-engraving, and how much work needs to be done to make the music playable.
I write a lot about technology here. But there is no technology more important to a composer than paper. Whether one uses pen or pencil, the use of paper is integral to one's development as a beginning composer and as an advanced one.
My latest exploration of Dorico, a deeper look and learning of Write mode, is complete. My work "Variations on Hartford (3 Preludes for Piano)" is finished.
I have continued to expand my fluency with Dorico. I have been focusing on familiarity with Write Mode over the past week or so, by composing a set of 3 preludes for piano.
Here is my latest composition; the score was created, edited, formatted, and otherwise made completely in Dorico. The piece also uses a Max Patch.
Here is one of my current projects. I have used Dorico to create the "score", and have created a Max/MSP patch to facilitate live performance. The only additional component I need to create is a backing track audio file in Logic, for use with the performance.
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P.M. Joyce's work "Fairytale" is a well-polished work that would work well in a film score.
Scott Blasco's work "Queen of Heaven" is a devotional-type meditation for piano and electronics.
Here are the results of my first week with Dorico (crossgrade from Finale).
Reilly Spitzfaden's work Resonances is an interesting exploration of instrumental tone and gesture, a cat-and-mouse game of imitation.
Matthew Kennedy's "Until I Say 'When'" is a breathtaking exposure of space, timbre, and mood, that is both playful and hypnotic.
Dale Osterman's piece Ouroboros depicts the serpent that devours its own tail. #analysis #contemporaryclassical
There are times when musical notation simply does not suffice to both technically manifest, nor artistically describe, the music that is heard. This is the case with Diogo Carvalho's piece Reveal.
Benjamin Rickevicius's "Saxophone Quartet: Leaving Day" is a charming and well-structured piece, that clearly exists more in the composer's head than in the MIDI realization. The score can be found here, and the MIDI realization, that will sound much better and more fluid in real life, can be found here: The composer clearly has a …