Music engraving

Music engraving – is the art of creating the graphical display musical material for its further publication or for further use for playback.

In contrast to the simple input any text in Microsoft Word, the process of reading the manuscript of the composer and then giving it the form of the finished product is a kind of art.

It is expected that engraving of music from manuscripts engraver will removed all ambiguity will install all the necessary musical punctuation marks will taken into account usability – easy to read musical material. For a high quality music engraving will require some effort – insight into the musical material, and this insight into the author’s intentions. So when music engraving outstanding professional ability engraver are in demand as never before.

Originally a similar line of business look like a thread – namely, the direct cutting lines and musical objects on the metal plates, a kind of engraving. This had to do and the great Bach, who did not allow strangers to their own manuscripts. Today professional engravers prefer to call themselves “engravers» (music engraver), paying tribute to intricate craftsmanship of their distant predecessors.

But in contrast to the antiquity, which requires an engraver elegance of fine manipulation of small metal objects, the most modern engraver is designer and graphic artist in one, thanks to the wide use of the advantages of giving him the programs created specifically for this type of activity.

What is this program for engrave of music?

Program for music engraving is the so-called musical editors or sequencers allow you to enter, edit, play back and print the text of a wide variety of musical genres, of any degree of complexity. Music engraving – whether it’s popular tunes, forcing indulge in unrestrained dance languid beauties in colorful crinolines, or mind-blowing sound freaks out the most extreme manifestations of the avant-garde – is carried out by means of an ordinary computer keyboard and mouse.

You can add to the list of mandatory additional equipment and a MIDI-keyboard, which can be used to speed up and sometimes easier to enter the note text.

Virtually all modern programs allow you to play music notation typed text through a variety of synthesizers or sound modules or software synthesizers (VST).

Earlier composers were able to show their works only in the form of music notation or playing the piano – not everyone can afford to book the orchestra for a concert or recording, and even more so on a sufficient number of repetition. Today, every composer can showcase their works for any of the orchestra at any time of the day or night. Of course, live performance – it is always lively. But… A well-prepared computer performance always will carry the main idea of works in all orchestral colors.

It is always possible to publish finished pieces of music on the Internet.

For the publication of musical works as a musical material you can use the opportunity to export the musical text as a graphic file in PDF or other image formats.

To publish musical compositions as audio series, you can use the possibility of translating the musical text in MIDI format, or translation of the works in the MP3 format. Of course, for the translation works in the MP3 format, you first need record a music. Then, if necessary, make the mix. Then needs to be done a mastering. Well then convert a brilliant creation in MP3 format.

Of course, determining the purpose of the program is still a work in musical graphics.

It all started , actually, in the late 70s of last century, when the traditional process of music engraving of pre-computer music a little fed up with it all already , and there will be new technical capabilities have helped create the program SCORE. Surprising, but a few heavy weight program is still held in high esteem. Many music publishers still use only her.

And away we go …

Today, even an ordinary person of average ability, not to mention all sorts Bach, does not require a lengthy and painstaking mastery of the ancient art of music engraving. If he is not too lazy to get acquainted with one of the special music programs, it will be able to type and print sheet music scores in any volumes and quantities.

The list of created and used programs is large enough at present.
The list includes musical and editors that allow you to make a set of notes of any complexity, edit them, and then to print.
The list includes sequencers with their main functions and has some capability music engraving, editing and printing of musical material.
The list also includes software that can scan the musical text, recognize it and turn it into a MIDI format.
The list also includes special programs, which are designed for a variety of functions – tablature editor, MIDI editors , automatic arrangers and others.

Here’s a list of some of the musical editor for music engraving and editing music on Windows and MAC:
– ConcertWare
– Encore
– Finale plus a lightweight version – Finale Notepad, Songwriter, PrintMusic, Allegro
– Forte – music notation MIDI editor plus audio sequencer
– Graphire Music Press
– Guitar Pro – editor of scores for guitar
– MagicScore
– Midisoft Recording Session and Midisoft Studio – MIDI editor plus note editor .
– Musedit
– Mozart
– MusiCAD
– Music Construction Set
– MusicMaster
– Music Write
– Myriad Software
– Notation Composer and Notation Musician
– Notator – transformed into a sequencer Emagic Logic
– Notion
– Noteworthy Composer
– Overture plus a lite version – Score Writer.
– Arpege Music Software
– Rhapsody
– Sibelius plus light versions – Sibelius First, Sibelius Student, Sibelius Instrument Teacher Edition, G7
– SmartScore Pro

There are also *cloudy* software.
– NoteFlight – online editor.
– – Online Editor
– BlankSheetMusic – Online Editor

Today, the leaders of the software for a music engraving are – Finale and Sibelius.

Music engraving on the program Finale

The program Finale was developed by MakeMusic. The first version of sheet music editor appeared in 1988 – Finale 1.0. Today it released Finale 2012. The program exists for all major platforms. The program Finale is widely used in all the spectra of creating music – for publishing and education for film and television, as well as many other musical and editorial purposes.

The program Finale allows you to type and edit musical text of any complexity. Of course, it provides printing dialed musical material. With the addition of synthesizers or sound modules or built-in software synthesizers you can listen to music. The program Finale allows you to export the music data in MIDI format. The program has the ability to save the musical text in different image formats – bitmap (TIFF) and vector (EPS).

Music engraving on the program Sibelius

The program Sibelius was produce in 1998 by Sibelius Software. This program like Finale is widely used in all the spectra of making music. Sibelius program make use of composers, arrangers, performers, music publishers, teachers and students. Today it released Sibelius 7.

As the program Finale, Sibelius software allows you to type and edit musical text of any complexity. Of course, provides printing dialed musical material. With the addition of synthesizers or sound modules or built-in software synthesizers can listen to music. The program Sibelius allows you to export the music data in MIDI format.

The program’s interface is nice and simple operation. All necessary functions can be found without much effort. Sibelius program is perfect for beginning users.

Finale and Sibelius program with respect to each other are both advantages and disadvantages. In one program, some functions are more comfortable in the other – other. But still the main factor – it’s a habit.

As previously mentioned, that the music engraving with a MIDI sequencer can control the shift of musical material from another program. However most of the graphic information in this case will be lost, and the musical text itself directly detect some differences from the source material. Attempts to create a universal file format for this kind have led to the creation of Music XML format, which to some extent support the MIDI editor Finale and Sibelius.

How to choose an editor for a music engraving?

To select a editor for a music engraving of several worthy representatives please note the following:
– What you need to do – a set of notes, editing, printing, playback
– What platform will be used
– What are the general requirements for the system
– As far as is comfortable in the editor
– What are the available methods of music engraving
– What are the opportunities for play
– What are the opportunities for additional sound libraries
– What additional features offers program
– What are the detailed background information on the program in the convenient language
– What is the cost of the program, although the price does not always reflect the extent of its usefulness – the more expensive the program is not always the best for you?

Typically, today, almost all programs can playback music of any complexity; even one that is not available the most technically sophisticated virtuosos. Each instrument will sound the tone peculiar to this tool. The composition of the orchestra will be limited only by the scope of your own imagination.

Beginning users is uniquely will choose the program Sibelius, because in the program he very easy can find any function and use it.

The program Finale is not looking for easy ways to solve the current problems of a music engraving and welcomes any non-problem solving, which will please most professionals who have to work with the most extraordinary musical compositions.

Now the most meticulous user can ask the question, what prevents you from using both the strengths of each of them?

The answer – they are not compatible.

But there is good news!

In keeping with the Japanese practice of Kaizen philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement of all aspects of life, more and more companies are looking tirelessly further the development of musical editors.

First of all, all interested in the following:
– Ease of use of the program
– Scanning and recognition of musical material
– The number of operations performed automatically
– The number of options available to the user
– Import and export data between programs
– Connect the electronic music libraries.

Our service of a music engraving offers:
– Music engraving and editing any compositions, any forms (opera, ballet, symphony, quartet, sonata, song, sketch, etc.)
– Extracting parties from the scores
– Restoration of old manuscripts
– Transpose
– Print A4 to A3

We have done a music engraving for the following companies:
– Amazing Music World
– American Institute of Musicology
– Belorusfilm
– Concert Music Publications
– Donemus
– Encore
– FibonaccI
– Kalmus Music
– Lenfilm
– Mariinsky Theatre
– Mel Bay Publication
– Musica Russica
– Notation
– PianoStreet
– Score-on-line
– The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
– Virtualsheetmusic
…and other companies.

We have done a music engraving of following authors:
– Johann Sebastian Bach
– Ludwig van Beethoven
– Vincenzo Bellini
– Hector Berlioz
– Alexander Borodin
– Johannes Brahms
– Pavel Chesnokov
– Frédéric Chopin
– Arcangelo Corelli
– Claude Debussy
– Gaetano Donizetti
– Antonín Dvořák
– Edward Elgar
– Mikhail Glinka
– Christoph Willibald Gluck
– Edvard Grieg
– George Frideric Handel
– Joseph Haydn
– Michael Haydn
– Franz Liszt
– Anatoly Lyadov
– Gustav Mahler
– Felix Mendelssohn
– Olivier Messiaen
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– Modest Mussorgsky
– Nikolai Myaskovsky
– Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
– Sergei Prokofiev
– Giacomo Puccini
– Sergei Rachmaninoff
– Maurice Ravel
– Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
– Gioachino Rossini
– Anton Rubinstein
– Camille Saint-Saëns
– Alessandro Scarlatti
– Domenico Scarlatti
– Franz Schubert
– Robert Schumann
– Dmitri Shostakovich
– Jean Sibelius
– Johann Strauss
– Richard Strauss
– Igor Stravinsky
– Georgy Sviridov
– Alexander Taneyev
– Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
– Georg Philipp Telemann
– Giuseppe Verdi
– Heitor Villa-Lobos
– Antonio Vivaldi
– Richard Wagner
– Carl Maria von Weber

​…and many other classic and contemporary composers.

Our advantages of music engraving:
– Large experience in the field of music engraving
– Professionalism
– Ability to make large volumes in a short time (100 + pages per day)
– Quality music engraving and editing
– Ability to provide additional services
– Competitive prices.

Our service of music engraving is not only the equivalent of copying music material – this is a multi-level performance with a high degree of craftsmanship and quality.

Music Engraving – professional solutions and quality service!
Music engraving for you!


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