Tuesday, June 7, 2011

learning Lilypond

In hopes of going all open source, as well as producing better scores, I am starting to learn Lilypond. I had thought about learning it for years but was always too lazy. Now I'm finding it's fairly easy. The Lilypond website has great reference and tutorial pages, which helps.

After doing some initial tutorials, I figured the best way to really learn it was to force my way through notating a piece. I am reaching back to 2004, the beginning of my composing career, to (re)notate my flute solo "Nympholepsy." I'm pretty happy with a lot of my scores (notated in Sibelius), but for some reason this one always bothered me. Can't say why.

Below are images of the beginning of the score. The first is the Sibelius version, and the second is the new one I'm working on in Lilypond. As I'm notating, I'm reading off a version of th Sibelius score I printed out, where I had spread out the notes better than what you see here (the line breaks match those of the Lilypond score).

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Edit: here, also, is the first page of my final pencil draft:


Tom said...

i also find myself too lazy to learn lillypond, even though i appreciate how much better it looks than sibelius and finale.

your pencil draft looks really nice though - the details are impeccable and i really like the way you draw your treble cleff!

Adam Scott Neal said...

Thanks for the comment, Tom. In the past year since I wrote this post, I've gotten really good at Lilypond. It's just a different way of working - it's a markup language so if you do any HTML or similar, it's not so bad.

Check out a few of the scores I made after this: