Any music department around the world can tell you about the ongoing debate about music notation software. There are those who stand by Finale, those who swear by Sibelius, and those (the few, the proud) who don’t like shelling out $800 for software and use open source versions, such as MuseScore or LilyPond.
Since music notation software’s inception, these options have been a topic of discussion for composers and students alike. Yet, one thing that they all have in common is MusicXML.
As of today, MusicXML is used as an XML-based file format specifically written to describe music notation in XML. It began as a way for notation programs to interchange scores, and has since been adopted by over 170 music software programs
Here’s a small excerpt of what the record for a whole-note C in treble clef, in 4/4 time, would look like:
And that’s for one note! Imagine what would be for an entire score…
As a former music major who utilized Sibelius quite frequently, it’s interesting to see this software with all of the parts exposed! One of the many ways that metadata is all around us.