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MuseScore is a free cross platform WYSIWYG music notation program, licenced under GNU GPL.

Some highlights:

  • WYSIWYG, notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet"
  • Unlimited number of staves
  • Up to four voices per staff
  • Easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI
  • Audio playback of the score
  • Import and export of MusicXML and Standard MIDI Files
  • Available in 45 languages

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Fix several critical bugs

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Sjha Member IconReview+123
Sjha
+6

As a long-time user and fan of Lilypond I have only just discovered MuseScore. I must say that I am highly impressed. Although Lilypond produces high quality output I find that MuseScore is far easier to use and also produces excellent printed scores. Many things that are quite difficult to do in Lilypond (e.g. fitting a lead-sheet onto one page) are a cinch in MuseScore with its WYSIWYG interface. And the immediate playback of written scores is also a great feature. This is a superb programme which I would recommend to all who need to write out musical scores

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Version 1.1
Dominique Peretti
+1

Couldn't agree more !

Hkim Member IconComment+170
Hkim
+0

I was playing with this and it seems to have problems with input from a MIDI keyboard, which is pretty common. I want to play with this more before leaving a rating but, still, it looks promising.

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Version 1.1
Hkim
+0

Wow, I would need to play a note and then press the "left" arrow key for the note to show up in the score. If I started to play chords and speed up note entry, the software bombs.

Larraga Member IconReview+3
Larraga
+3

Great for a quick notation "pad." Easily rivals Finale NotePad which isn't free anymore. Well done! Has never crashed on me.

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Version 1.0
$ir M. Member IconComment+21
$ir M.
+5

For anyone interested in high-quality music typography (engraving), I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned what an excellent front end MuseScore makes for lilypond (free/OS engraving tool) - each plays to the other's strengths.

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Version 1.0
mrmatt634 Member IconComment+1
mrmatt634
+0

Every time I go to install this program from the disk image, it says that it can't open it. Why might this be? My MacBook Pro is completely up to date too.

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Version 1.0
Antollamh
+0

I have the same problem. Did you ever solve it?
Seems to be a non-functional software

mrmatt634 Member IconReview+1
mrmatt634
+1

I'm having a problem with this program. Every time I try to open it from the disk image, it says it can't open. Why is that?

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Version 1.0
paulsrandall@mac.com
+1

Try putting it in your Applications folder.

Shmk Member IconReview+236
Shmk
+1

It is a great start easy to use the only issue I am having is with stability, crashes a lot so I find myself saving it after every change I make

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Version 0.9.6.2
Steinarh Member IconReview+22
Steinarh
+3

Sorry, forgot the rating.....

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Version 0.9.6
Steinarh Member IconComment+22
Steinarh
+3

An impressing piece of software. It´s all there and it´s very intuitive and for most jobs one does t need the manual. I looked it up anyway, and it´s very systematic and easy to find what you are looking for. And it´s been translated to 20 languages!
MuseScore is highly recommended

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Version 0.9.6
Acwolf Member IconReview+157
Acwolf
+1

This is a promising program with decent features.

It includes full time-signature customization and a decent number of basic functions. However, the interface takes a bit of getting used to and there are things that just seem hard to figure out. It's very promising, but I got frustrated and decided to recommend investing in commercial options instead.

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Version 0.9.5
Acwolf
+2

Changed my mind! The latest versions offer a bit more, and I've found it to be more capable than I first realized. Commercial options are still superior in many ways, but lots of uses MuseScore is already completely capable, and I now expect that it will become truly the best with ongoing development. I encourage everyone to use it and get involved in development by suggesting things, helping promote, donating, or actually working on development. MuseScore is really great, check out the website forums and such if you have any questions or troubles.

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Monkeyjunkey
Version 1.3
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 1.2
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Dominique Peretti
Version 1.2
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Lasconic
Version 1.1
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Monkeyjunkey
Version 1.1
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mackasabian
Version 1.0
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Barnyb
Version 1.0
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Lasconic
Version 1.0
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Downloads 9,550
Version Downloads 1,786
License Free
Date 28 Feb 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free