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  • Model:LilyPond [Freeware]
  • Category:Score writing software
  • Added in our database on: 07/07/2005

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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) LilyPond [Freeware]
Free software and GPL (public domain)

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Defines a language LilyPond music notation trs expressive, concise, and easily expandable by users thanks Guile Scheme. The compiler lilypond product from text files in that language composs scoring, scores in PostScript and PDF.

LilyPond is available from other GNU / Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and MS Windows (via cygwin).</span>

The manual is printable (PostScript) and online in HTML format.
Other sources of information are available by searching the mailing list for user:
Examples of sources and rsultats:


Addresses both the old notation, the grgorien, tablature, chords, bass figure, scoring today.
Provides a driver or a solo without difficulty.
Allows, with LaTex (trs Systm powerful composing text), the shuffled score, text and images.
Impcablement turns on P III 450 with 128 MB of RAM.


APRS three years of use, the other singers are delighted to audio CDs that I prpare for their work at home, and TOC scores greatly reduced.

l'nono's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) LilyPond [Freeware]
The only thing to know about the habits of the click-click the mouse: Lilypond is a description language score, not a software interface. We called partition with editor texts any (emacs in my case) and one passes file obtained Lylipond that emerges printable versions (postscript and PDF) and MIDI. In practice, the description language is simple and logical, and APRS few hours of practice you can go faster trs.

There are also graphical interfaces for gnrer Lilypond files, but I have never seen a really usable.

The software is very simple to install Linux, MacOSX little more complicated (just use fink). I did not test other platforms.


For my meager needs (rarely more than 2 or 3 pages for 2 or 3 instruments), Lilypond works perfectly on my two machines (Athlon XP1800/512 MB / Linux and iBook G3 500 / 320 MB / MacOSX). For this type of partition, the gnration gure does a few seconds. I have never met a problem due to the software itself, for cons, some GUI code gnrent limit so impractical that we must use them with the exact version Lilypond of t for which they have Designed.


I use occasionally Lilypond about two years. Is the only editor Partitions srieux I utilis; I also somewhat got at description language ABC although simplest quickly limit. I see no reason to change.

grangouz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) LilyPond [Freeware]
Linux: no particular problem


Trs stable, fairly quick with a Pentium III 866 Mhz and 256 MB of RAM


I know almost all publishers of partition, for professional reasons (doctorate in musicology, computer computer-assisted): Lilypond is undoubtedly the BEST OF PUBLISHERS, one that gives your exact the most professional.

clementsoullard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) LilyPond [Freeware]
On a Mandrake 10.0, the c'tait galre. If I was not working in IT, I would never be able to install this software. As for windows, now it is finally simple to version 2.6. If you russisez make it work, does not crack too easily for the new version, because the programming language scores varies from one version to another!

The manual is well done but still handmade, and on the web, it lacks hyperlinks and search engine.


Lilypond does ncessite no power, but a ncessite Linux. On windows, the intallation and use are fairly plied. And it is not advisable to use it but in the end even when it works.
Trs musical rendering is rough and heavy, because frankly it was not possible to n'acouter part of the song.
It is nice to see that this software produces PDF that can send mail easily, the diffrence of its competitor.

Its performance in terms of burning are the best you can find. But the tribute pay is high, we must renounce the mouse, because you have to program their scores with the keyboard. Therefore, it is impossible to use without reading the manual.


Lilypond is free license (GNU prcis to be), so it is free. As it is the only in this case and that the quality of his writing is almost irrrochable, we can judge him off COMPTITE.

However, it is that there is no dplorer and there probably never using graphic and "user-friendly" to write his scores ingnieurie because this product is really quirky.

But we must pay tribute to dveloppeurs who attacked the problem only for the glory and joy of programming. Ones, it seems are not even mlusiciens. Straw!

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