GUIDOLib - musical score notation based on Guido.
The GUIDOLib project aims at the development of a generic, portable library and API for the graphical rendering of musical scores. The library is based on the GUIDO Music Notation Format as the underlying data format. The library takes account of the conventional music notation system and should be flexible enough to include any graphical sign and musical information if necessary.
The GUIDOLib project includes the development of several applications for tasks like displaying/rendering musical scores (GUIDO Noteviewer), playback GUIDO files via MIDI, or the conversion between GUIDO and and other scorefile formats. Another main topic of the project is the development of the portable library and API for graphical score.
The GUIDOLib project has started in December 2002 by improving the source code of the GUIDO NoteViewer (created by Kai Renz) through an collaboration between the MidiShare group at GRAME (Lyon/France) and the SALIERI group at the Darmstadt University of Technology.
The GUIDO Music Notation Format is a formal language for score level music representation. It is a plain-text, i.e. readable and platform independent format capable of representing all information contained in conventional musical scores. The basic GUIDO Format is very flexible and can be easily extended and adapted to capture a wide variety of musical features beyond conventional musical notation (CMN). The GUIDO design is strongly influenced by the objective to facilitate an adequate representation of musical material, from tiny motives up to complex symphonic scores.
GUIDO is a general purpose musical notation format; the intended range of application includes notation software, compositional and analytical systems and tools, performance systems, and large musical databases. It is powerful, flexible, easily portable, and human readable.