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 Notation software for Balkan music
Author: vintschevski 
Date:   2012-06-25 12:09


Can anybody suggest a good notation software programme for writing out and listening to pieces in 7/8, 11/16 and so on?

I've been using MuseScore (because it's free!), and it's easy to use, but its limitations are irritating. For example, although one can "insist" on a 7/8 pattern of 3+2+2, the system won't obey, it simply won't group quavers into an easily readable pattern and the result can make a score difficult for musicians to follow. A Balkan pattern for 9/8 as 2+2+2+3 won't be recognised, the result will always be rendered as 3+3+3 (even though one can try to "insist" on a grouping of notes as 2+2+2+3 - it just doesn't work).

I have no experience whatsoever with things like Sibelius (apart from listening to scores on Score Exchange and I must say that these come across, simply from the point of view of the sound of different instruments, as bloody awful). Can anybody who has tried a few of these programmes recommend one which is particularly good for this sort of music? I'd appreciate any advice in this regard.

Thanks heaps!!

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 Re: Notation software for Balkan music
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2012-07-04 01:40

Good question. You might do best to talk to university people who use Sibelius or Finale and see what they say about defining grouping preferences.

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 Re: Notation software for Balkan music
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2012-09-17 19:36

I use Finale and, while it does require a bit of tweaking to get the appropriate groupings for Balkan stuff, it does work. I just upgraded to Finale 2012 and haven't had a chance to check out the new "Garritan" sounds yet, but it does list Kaval as an option! :) (I only wish it had Clarinet in C as an option...)

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 Re: Notation software for Balkan music
Author: buedsma 
Date:   2012-09-18 10:47

sibelius works like a charm . You can easily choose the groupings as you like/want them . Lots of sounds included . Playback : didn't use that a lot , and how things sound for a balkan music score is a difficult question to answer.

Did write a few scores in irregular 11/8 , 7/8 and 9/8 for some bands ( cornet, accordeon, violin, double bass , klarinet ) : no problem at all


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 Re: Notation software for Balkan music
Author: gajdar4o 
Date:   2013-11-30 07:45

Sibelius I have sheet music! gajdar4o@gmail.com

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 Re: Notation software for Balkan music
Author: vintschevski 
Date:   2014-03-18 12:20

OK, thanks, gajdar4o!

Are you perhaps saying that you are happy to share that sheet music with us?

Please let us know how to do that.

Thanks very much!!

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