Monday, February 11, 2008

music writing

I've been using a free download called Finale Notepad music writing software to input dozens of musical scores I've written over the last twenty years and that had only existed in handwritten form until now, some only in pencil sketches. The software also has a playback option, that assigns relatively realistic sounds to the various instruments. that means that some of the scores that I'm not bale to play on the piano I've actually been able to hear for the very first time. I'm especially pleased with a string sextet that I wrote in 2003. After entering the sore and hearing it I did some minor revisions. When I figure out ow to post an audio file I'll share it with you.

In the meantime I'm going to upgrade to the for purchase Finale software called Print Music. The notepad software has two significant limitations that prevent me from entering several of my scores: it can't handle music written in odd meters like 7/8 or 5/4, it doesn't allow you to change meters within a piece, and it doesn't allow a score of more than eight parts.

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