“As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.” ~ Georges Bizet
I just signed up for a gig to play some original music for a friend of one of my now departed music instructors. A composer, this fellow only has Finale as his editor. (For the uninitiated think of “Microsoft Word” for the writer, “Finale” for the composer.) He didn’t know how to use his software to convert a composition to PDF, my normal means of getting charts. I had Sibelius, but lost it in a recent move.
So I went online and discovered the free and highly rated MuseScore once again. Sibelius and Finale are so dang expensive that I decided to use MuseScore again. Wow, it really delivers.
I rarely have to gen up a composition. The work I do is usually a xtet part for kids in school competitions where they want to play with their friends who play disparate instruments. Think of a quartet with flute, clarinet, trombone, and sax.
On occasion I’ll create a transcription of a solo or a reduction of a six-page chart when it could be two if properly laid out. So here’s hoping musicians can find this excellent and free product before they shell out money, money that they should be using to feed themselves with.