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An Open Source sheet music editor application based on LilyPond for the KDE desktop

editor's review





Frescobaldi is an open source application designed as a drop-in replacement for the LilyKDE software, which was actually a plugin for the Kate text editor under deprecated version of the KDE desktop environment.

This application provides users with a standalone software, a GUI front-end for the well known LilyPond command-line sheet music editor tool. It is available for download on Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Features at a glance

It allows users to enter LilyPond scores, build and preview scores with a single mouse click, manipulate the rhythm, hyphenate lyrics, quickly enter or add articulations and other symbols to existing music, and much more.

The program comes with a familiar and modern user interface from where users can change the keyboard shortcuts, fonts and colors. It integrates a compelling text editor that features automatic completion and syntax highlighting, as well as a dynamic score wizard that allows users to effortlessly set up a music score.

In addition, it can import MusicXML files, plays MIDI files generated by LilyPond, adapts itself to the right version of LilyPond, stores templates, text snippets or scripts, displays a music view with next-get point & click support, and includes smart layout-control functions.

Offers powerful music functions

Among some of its main music functions, we can mention the ability to transpose music, add articulation, dynamics and spanners using the Quick Insert panel, change music from absolute to relative and vice versa, amend the LilyPond syntax using convert-ly, change the default language used on note names, hyphenate lyrics, and change the rhythm.

Another interesting feature is the ability to capture MIDI file to enter music in the application. For more details you can always consult the built-in LilyPond documentation browser and user guide.

Bottom line

The application aims to be lightweight, easy to use and powerful. It is the definitely one of the best graphical user interfaces for the LilyPond software, allowing users to effortlessly use its powerful functionality no matter the operating system they are using.

Frescobaldi was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on March 9th, 2015
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