LilyPond
LilyPond
2.19.55-1

4.8

LilyPond free download for Mac

LilyPond

2.19.55-1
15 February 2017

Automated engraving system, formats music (beta).

Overview

LilyPond is an automated engraving system. It formats music beautifully and automatically, and has a friendly syntax for its input files.

The inspiration for LilyPond came when two musicians got annoyed with the bland and boring look of computer print-outs. Every musician prefers reading beautiful music, so couldn't we programmers solve that printing problem?

LilyPond just does that: it prints music in the best traditions of classical engraving with minimum fuss. Don't waste time on tuning spacing, moving around symbols, or shaping slurs. Impress friends and colleagues with sharp sheet music!

What's new in LilyPond

Version 2.19.55-1:
  • Release notes can be viewed here.

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SickTeddyBear
13 February 2011

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FYI, there are PPC versions of both stable and beta at the developer's web site: http://lilypond.org/web/install/
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Version 2.13.50-1
Wts
16 March 2015
I installed this notation programme and it produced a PDF file. How do i play that file. MacUpdate comments that LilyPond is an automated engraving system. It formats music beautifully and automatically, and has a friendly syntax for its input files. Reading the manual for example: You do not write music by dragging notes from a graphical toolbar and placing them on a dynamically refreshing score; you write music by typing text. Taking look at the example: wow! that seems to be harder then working with my most current versions of Sibelius or Finale or even the most rudimentary computer notation programmes. And then in the end how do you listen to the results except in your minds ear when reading ( playing in your head ) the score.
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Version 2.19.17-1
1 answer(s)
robmorris
robmorris
26 December 2015
by playing an instrument and using the score you just created.
"LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible"
It creates sheet music, great app, as some have said, some learning curve based on your prior experience, best I have used so far.
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lemon-kun
01 March 2015
When used with "Frescobaldi" (an app which lets you see all results of your code immediately), Lilypond is one of the easiest to use music notation apps out there. Maybe even the easiest to use. And well, for sure the one with the best output with the least amount of tweaking. I have/had licenses for both Finale and Sibelius and I wished I'd had met Lilypond/Frescobaldi earlier…
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Version 2.19.15-1
Cunamara
09 June 2014
I've been using Lilypond for about four years, using it to write lead sheets for jazz combos. The learning curve is steep but the tutorials will get you through that. Once you have templates set up for the kind of music you want to engrave, it becomes quick and efficient. I can go from manuscript to a lead sheet for concert, Bb horns, Eb horns and bass in 15 minutes with beautiful and easily readable music to hand to my bandmates. Another band member who uses Finale produces much inferior charts that are harder to read. Pairing Lilypond with a dedicated editor such as Frescobaldi makes it so much easier to use, also, but any text editor can be used.
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Version 2.19.7-1
Jazzyguy
04 March 2014
Very Good App and free like in BEER!
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Version 2.19.3-1
Willy-Software-Addict
21 January 2014
Cool app!
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Version 2.19.1-1
SickTeddyBear
13 February 2011
FYI, there are PPC versions of both stable and beta at the developer's web site: http://lilypond.org/web/install/
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Version 2.13.50-1
Diogo-Cocharro
10 February 2011
Nice and free!
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Version 2.12.3
Sjha
25 September 2009
I am delighted to find that this latest version of Lilypond now supports Leopard and Snow Leopard - well done and thanks to the developers!
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Version 2.13.4-1
Sjha
02 January 2009
I am a great fan of Lilypond which produces beautiful music sheets. However I am concerned that the development of the Mac versions is becoming less than satisfactory. Firstly there is still no version of Lilypond that will run under Leopard. Secondly both the 2.11 and 2.12 versions produce error messages on my Macbook under OSX 10.4.11 - indeed I couldn't get version 2.12.1-1 to produce any output. I have had to revert to version 2.10.33-1
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Version 2.12.1-1
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
02 January 2009
Have a look here: http://ivo.bouwmans.name/lilypondleopard/
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Version 2.12.1-1
Sjha
Sjha
02 January 2009
Yes I am aware of this work-around. But that is what it is - just a work-around. And what concerns me is that it is now nearly 12 months since it was reported that Lilypond did not work under Leopard and we still have to use a work-around.
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Version 2.12.1-1
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
02 January 2009
Sorry. Was just trying to help.
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Version 2.12.1-1
Sjha
Sjha
03 January 2009
I didn't mean to sound unappreciative of your helpful comment. Indeed I think it was important to point Leopard users to the work-around that you mention since it does allow them to use Lilypond albeit in a somewhat roundabout way. I am just disappointed that one of my favourite programmes still does not have full Leopard compatibility.
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Version 2.12.1-1
Derhindemith
Derhindemith
01 July 2009
Unfortunately, no one (until recently) had the magical combination of ability and means (i.e., hardware) to create an OSX 10.5 compatible version. In these situations, one can usually ask for a refund and find a competitor product that does everything desired. Lilypond, however is free, so a refund is unnecessary, and all that remains is to find a competitor product that does everything desired.
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Version 2.13.2-0
mgml
26 February 2008
I downloaded lilypond-2.11.41-1.darwin-x86.tar.bz2 lilypond-2.10.33-1.darwin-x86.tar lilypond-2.8.8-1.darwin-x86.tar to a MacBook Pro 2.6 Intel Core 2 duo running Mac OSX 10.5.2 None of the versions above were usable at all. None showed the menubar correctly. All showed only one menu, Lilypond, with no menu items. No keyboard shortcut worked and the only way to quit the appl was to force quit it (CMD OPT ESC) Can the developer help please?
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Version 2.11.41-1
2 answer(s)
Yoxi
Yoxi
07 August 2008
Are you using Leopard? The user requirements require Tiger.
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Version 2.11.55-2
Yoxi
Yoxi
07 August 2008
Sorry, you already said you're using 10.5.2, so there's more help available on this page: http://ivo.bouwmans.name/lilypondleopard/
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Version 2.11.55-2