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21 June 2016, M. Schulenburg

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MuseScore

MuseScore is the leading free & open source music notation software for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is easy to use and makes beautiful sheet music. MuseScore is often praised as a cost effective alternative for Sibelius and Finale.
MuseScore
https://musescore.org/en/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/mscore/

LilyPond

LilyPond is a computer program and file format for music engraving. One of LilyPond's major goals is to produce scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules, reflecting the era when scores were engraved by hand.
LilyPond
http://lilypond.org


Jalmus

Jalmus is a free, open source music education software helping the musicians, especially pianists, to improve their sight-reading. You can train to read music with both exercises on notes or rhythms.
Jalmus
https://sourceforge.net/projects/jalmus/
http://jalmus.net/

Canorus

Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MusiXTeX and LilyPond
Canorus
https://sourceforge.net/projects/canorus/


Open Musicwriter (Beta)

Open Musicwriter is a multi-platform open-source music score editor. It handles MIDI files and MusicXML files.
Open Musicwriter (Beta)
http://openmusicwriter.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/openmusicwriter/

Impro-Visor

Impro-Visor is a music notation tool for producing monophonic lead sheets. Chord symbols are used to generate backing tracks automatically.
Impro-Visor
https://github.com/Impro-Visor/Impro-Visor
https://sourceforge.net/projects/impro-visor/

LenMus

LenMus is a free program for learning music. It allows you to focus on specific skills and exercises, on both theory and aural training. The different activities can be customized to meet your needs. It includes an score editor.
LenMus
http://lenmus.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/lenmus/

Rosegarden

The MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation along with basic support for digital audio
Rosegarden
http://rosegardenmusic.com/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/rosegarden/

JNIZ music notation

Jniz is a piece of software designed for musicians as a support tool to the musical composition. It allows you to build and to harmonize several voices according to the rules of classical harmony. Sound/audio-to-Midi converter: real-time conversion of any monophonic sound, i.e. voice, instrument etc., into notes and tones.
JNIZ music notation
http://www.jniz.org/index.php/en/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/jniz/

OOoLilyPond

OOoLilyPond is an OpenOffice.org macro. It helps including music notation in OpenOffice.org Writer and Impress documents. The music expressions are entered as text codes and translated to images (png or eps) using LilyPond.
OOoLilyPond
http://ooolilypond.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ooolilypond/

ScoreDate

ScoreDate is an open source software written in Java that helps musicians to learn music reading. It also helps you with ear training. It is suitable for any skill, from beginners to professional users. From slow training to first sight reading.
ScoreDate
http://scoredate.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/scoredate/

Nootka

Nootka is an application to learn classical score notation. It helps to understand the rules of reading and writing scores and helps with developing skills of playing and singing notes. Simply: users looks at piece of a score, plays it, Nootka is listening to it, checks and shows was it played well. All in real time.
Nootka
http://nootka.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/nootka/

Virtual Midi Piano Keyboard

VMPK is a virtual MIDI piano keyboard for Linux, Windows and OSX. Based on Qt and Drumstick the program is a MIDI event generator using the computer's alphanumeric keyboard and the mouse. It may be used also to display received MIDI notes.
Virtual Midi Piano Keyboard
http://vmpk.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/vmpk/

Notey

Notey is a real-time notes detector. It allows you to sit next to the computer microphone, and play in the Recorder (music instrument), and the notes will apear on the music sheet, in real time! With Notey you can also open a music notes file (in ABC format), and start to play - and like in GuitarHero, you will be able to see the notes you should play and if you had played them correctly, again, in real-time!
Notey
https://sites.google.com/site/noteysoftware/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/noteyrecorder/

Midi Sheet Music

Midi Sheet Music is a free program that plays MIDI music files while highlighting the piano notes and sheet music notes. Works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu Linux.
Midi Sheet Music
http://midisheetmusic.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/midisheetmusic/

ChordEase

ChordEase makes it easier to improvise over complicated chord progressions. No matter what the chords are, you can play as if they were all in the key of C. You don't need to play sharps or flats, because ChordEase automatically adds them for you. Though ChordEase is intended for jazz, it could be useful for any type of music that modulates frequently. ChordEase alters your notes in real time in order to make them harmonically correct, while preserving their rhythm and dynamics. By delegating rapid music theory calculations to ChordEase, you gain freedom to concentrate on other aspects of improvisation and performance, such as feel and aesthetics.
ChordEase
http://chordease.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/chordease/

Chordii

Chordii creates elegant, stafless lead sheets for musicians needing only chords and lyrics. It processes plain text input in ChordPro format and it is the revival of the old though still popular Chord program.
Chordii
http://www.vromans.org/johan/projects/Chordii/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/chordii/

 


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